If you've really thought about the life of Mongolian women during Genghis Khan, perhaps, you often think their lives are bad.
While most cultures that have existed in the past have a reputation for treating women with disrespect and impartiality, why should you think that under a brutal dictator like Jackie Chan Tư Hãn, will the fate of the woman be different?
Mongolian women under Genghis Khan had great freedom.(photo: Grunge).
The following things to read will probably surprise you. The truth is, most Mongols have quite a progressive idea of women's rights , at least compared to many other cultures that existed at the same time, including Western culture.
Some Mongolian women were skilled warriors under Genghis Khan, although most of them still had to meet certain roles and certain expectations from the man. However, Mongolian women still enjoy a lot of freedom compared to women in other countries around the world.
According to historical documents, women are highly respected in Mongolian society , and men in the family often listen to advice from their wives. It is undeniable that the Mongols were brutal warriors on the battlefield, but they were not barbarians, at least in ordinary life. Mongolian women are highly respected, they often play an important role and are highly valued members of society.
Mongolian women often play an important role in the family and society.(photo: Grunge).
In fact, according to Amonbe (a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and protecting ancient knowledge in beauty care and advancement of women), the Mongols said that men should marry a the woman is older than me. Because an older woman will have a higher intellect than her husband and thus will be able to help her husband make informed decisions.
In fact, in Mongolian society, no one will respect a man who does not listen to his wife, because it shows immaturity and discredit. When you think that fierce Mongolian warriors will also have to be a brute force against your wife, you are probably wrong.
According to Amonbe, Mongolian women also have a lot of decision-making power in the family and even in bed. If the husband fails to fulfill his bedroom duties, his wife may denounce this to a local official to punish her husband.
In China, in the south of the Mongol empire, Confucianism has set strict rules for women's behavior. Chinese women are educated that they must submit to their husbands, when their husbands die, their existence is only to continue to serve their husband's family and not to remarry.
In addition, in China, the upper-class women will have to follow the foot-binding custom from the age of six, because the small feet (about 3 inches) will make them flexible, gentle and attractive. than in the eyes of men. In Mongolia, women do not have to do any of the above.
Mongolian women rode horses from an early age, chariots were the prerogative of women.(photo: Grunge).
According to Amonbe, Mongolian women are very strong, they like horse riding and horse racing, they fight in battle and every year, there is always an archery competition only for women to participate. Mongolian women are not a husband's item; in life they are strong, drastic and hard-working.
The Mongols mostly traveled by horse, however, during the time of Genghis Khan, chariots were only for women and men were absolutely not allowed to ride in the carriage, unless ill. This regulation was probably intended to help the Mongolian men to master horse riding from an early age and as adults they would become excellent cavalry. But anyway, the carriage is still a 'territory' for women and no man is allowed to use it.
According to research by Victoria University (UK), Mongolian women not only bear many responsibilities in the family, they also have to do the hard work often seen in men. For example: Lower tents and set up tents, herding huge tribal herds of cattle . So it's not surprising that Mongolian men respect women.
There is no monogamous policy in Mongolia under Genghis Khan. Men may have more than one wife, but each wife will have a separate tent, where they live with their children.
The first wife of a Mongolian man is also considered the first wife as in China. Children of the first wife will receive more wealth than the other children when their father dies.
Genghis Khan had the hobby of capturing his enemy's wife to serve him.(photo: Grunge).
Speaking of Genghis Khan, his mother had to raise her son in the forest. She was abandoned by her tribe after her husband's death. Mother's teaching may have greatly influenced Genghis Khan's progressive ideas about women.
Genghis Khan has four sons, most of whom are daughters. In most historical records, Genghis Khan takes his daughters seriously. He even executed a man who dared to refuse marriage to his daughter.
It is worth noting that women in Mongolian society have the right to refuse marriage , if it is a man they do not like, this is a very progressive point for a society that existed 800 years ago. However, for Genghis daughters, they have no right to choose their fiance.
Genghis Khan often chooses a husband, the king or prince of neighboring countries, for his daughters. But the unfortunate thing is, Genghis Khan will take his daughter's new husband to battle, where he will almost certainly die. After that, Genghis daughters would seize the kingdom and expand their father's vast empire.
Mongolian women are very respected. However, to women in places where the Mongols conquered, Genghis Khan regarded them as spoils for his soldiers, along with gold, horses and other property.
Genghis Khan had quite progressive ideas about women's rights.(photo: Grunge).
The most beautiful girls in the conquered region will be recruited and the most beautiful will be offered as one of Genghis Khan's wives. Genghis Khan is also not a feminine enthusiast, after successfully conquering a country, he prefers to catch his wife and daughter of enemies serving him.
Genghis Khan has a famous saying: "My greatest joy is to defeat the enemies, rob them of their wealth, see their loved ones soaked in tears, ride on their horses and subject them to their wives and children. "
Genghis Khan often made many women serve him for one night to show his strength. According to estimates, currently, Genghis Khan may have as many as 16 million descendants worldwide. Genghis Khan had 500 wives and so many children that he, even, could not remember all their names.
After conquering virtually all of Asia, Genghis Khan banned the abduction and trafficking of women and, in particular, banned religious discrimination based on religion. These are also some noteworthy points, showing the progress of Genghis Khan's thought of ruling.