Faces of Mongolia

By January 2, 2012Travel
Mongolian Boy in traditional costume, Bayanzag

Mongolian Boy in traditional costume, Bayanzag

Boatman, Khuvsgul Lake

Portrait of a boatman, Khuvsgul Lake

 

Faces of Mongolia

Outside of the main cities, the nomadic way of life still predominates, as it had for the past 3000 years. People tend to live very close to nature, in a relationship of dependance and interdependance. The climate on the steppes is harsh, with scorching summers and freezing winters, with temperatures dropping to -40˚C. Their livestock is a literal lifeline, providing milk, food, wool and labour, needless to say, a large portion of nomadic life is dedicated to caring for their livestock, horses, sheep, goat, cows or yaks and camels. Subsistence farming, whilst possibly a ‘romantic’ notion, is a harsh reality and the numbers of nomads are dropping, with the younger generation being lured by the bright lights and opportunities of the city.

 

Tsaatan Reindeer herder, Khuvsgul Lake

Tsaatan Reindeer herder, Khuvsgul Lake

Rural sheep herding

Rural sheep herding

Village girl in a traditional Mongolian Deel

Village girl in a traditional Mongolian Deel

Kite flying, Hustai National Park

Kite flying, Hustai National Park

Nomadic child and mother

Nomadic child and mother

A man and his son herding sheep with motorcycles

A man and his son herding sheep with motorcycles

Children in Hustai National Park

Children in Hustai National Park

 

See more photos and read my other posts on my Mongolia adventure here.