Are you a descendant of Genghis Khan? – Don’t be so sure…

| David Lewis | Humanity

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Actually, there is a decent chance you are. The notorious warlord is infamous for raping at the very least thousands of women in every place he conquered. In fact, he violated so many poor women that at present 0.5% of all humanity are direct descendants of Genghis Khan. That’s 1 in 200 men and women, which, in turn, translates into 37 million descendants today. 

Bonus fact 1: Khan was totally obsessed with immortality and was on a permanent quest for eternal life. As such, in 1222, he summoned the Daoist master Qiu Chuji and asked him if he could prepare an immortality potion for him. Qiu Chuji replied that there is no such thing, but that life can be extended through abstinence. Apparently, Khan did not follow his advice… 

Bonus Fact 2: Researchers at Genghis Khan University in Mongolia suggest that towards the end of his life, Khan legislated laws ensuring equal rights to all citizens, and especially to women.

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And for all of Genghis-enthusiast, here are some more facts: 

Genghis Khan was born in 1162 in northern Mongolia as Tamojin. He had a hard childhood and lived in a hostile cruel environment. His father, who was the head of a small and insignificant tribe, was assassinated by a rival tribe, in retaliation for killing one of their own.

His mother who just a few years before was kidnapped by his father had to try and make ends meet. In the next few years, Tamujin and his family lived as destitute nomads and subsisted mainly on fruit and small animals that they hunted. 

During this time, according to tradition, Tamujin caught a small fish and his stepbrother Getter snatched it from him. After his mother Hualon sided with his half brother, Begter, he and his younger brother Cassar shot and killed him with an arrow. 

There is no proven truth to the story, and it may be a fictional story designed to add to Genghis Khan’s fearsome image. According to other traditions, Tamojin murdered his half-brother to prevent him from owning his mother. This makes some sense because Begter, who was the eldest of his father from his first wife, was entitled according to Mongolian custom to inheriting his father, as well as to marry all his wives who are not his biological mother.

And for all of Genghis-enthusiast, here are some more facts: 

Genghis Khan was born in 1162 in northern Mongolia as Tamojin. He had a hard childhood and lived in a hostile cruel environment. His father, who was the head of a small and insignificant tribe, was assassinated by a rival tribe, in retaliation for killing one of their own.

His mother who just a few years before was kidnapped by his father had to try and make ends meet. In the next few years, Tamujin and his family lived as destitute nomads and subsisted mainly on fruit and small animals that they hunted. 

During this time, according to tradition, Tamujin caught a small fish and his stepbrother Getter snatched it from him. After his mother Hualon sided with his half brother, Begter, he and his younger brother Cassar shot and killed him with an arrow. 

There is no proven truth to the story, and it may be a fictional story designed to add to Genghis Khan’s fearsome image. According to other traditions, Tamojin murdered his half-brother to prevent him from owning his mother. This makes some sense because Begter, who was the eldest of his father from his first wife, was entitled according to Mongolian custom to inheriting his father, as well as to marry all his wives who are not his biological mother.