Did you hear the name Genghis Khan earlier?
Today, we will talk about the ruthless emperor named Genghis Khan. Explore these 10+ Interesting facts about Genghis Khan.
Do you know these 10+ unknown facts about Genghis Khan?
Fact No 1
Did you know Genghis Khan had a blood clot during his birth?
He had a blood clot during his birth and it was a sign from heaven that he was meant to be a great worrier.
Fact No 2
What is an interesting fact about Genghis Khan?
Genghis Khan was not his real name. He was initially named Temujin which means “blacksmith.” In 1206, he got the name “Genghis Khan.” He was born in 1162 near the Onon River and some historical records state he was buried in 1227 near the Onon River. So the Onon River is the main connection between his birth to his death.
Fact No 3
Portrait of Genghis Khan
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His father died when he was just nine years old
His father Yesugei died in 1171 during his childhood. The secret history of Mongols state that Tatars poisoned Yesugei.
Fact No 4
Did you know Genghis Khan killed his half Brother named Behtar?
Temujin and his brother Qasar killed Behtar for which they were scolded by their mother, Hoelun. However, despite the killing of Behtar, his mother Sochigel and his brother Belgutai continue living with Genghis khan’s family. Afterward, Belgutai became general in Genghis khan’s royal court.
Fact No 5
What is the religion of Genghis Khan?
People generally do not know about the religion of Genghis Khan. They assumed that the religion of Genghis Khan was an Islam due to the ‘Khan’ word in his name. But Genghis Khan religion was Tengrism or Shamanism. Genghis Khan believed in the Mongol traditional religion Tengrism or Shamanism. Genghis Khan allowed everyone in his empire to follow different faiths.
Fact No 6
How did he get the name Genghis Khan?
Temujin had annexed most of Mongolia, and the remaining tribes of northeast Asia were forced to acknowledge him as their emperor. He started the Mongol invasions that conquered most Eurasia (Russia), reaching the Levant in Middle East Asia. After founding the vast empire, he proclaimed himself as Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khan), which means universal ruler.
Fact No 7
Why is Genghis Khan so famous?
Genghis Khan was known as the greatest dictator of the world. Genghis khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire. He united the tribes of northeast Asia, which led to his major kingdom. Genghis Khan overthrew the powerful Jin Dynasty of china at that time. Genghis Khan conquered 11% land of the world. Genghis Khan was also famous for his quotes, one of them is “If you’re afraid-don’t do it, if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid!”.
Fact No 8
Was Genghis Khan’s wife raped?
Shortly after Borte’s Marriage with Genghis khan, she was kidnapped by members of the Merkit Confederation. Chilger Bokh, who was brother the of Yehe chiledo, was the leader of the Merkit Confederation. Chilger Bokh had a sex relations with Borte. Chilger Bokh raped Borte Khan. Shortly afterward, she gave birth to Jochi. Jochi was son of Chilger Bokh, but Genghis khan treated Jochi as his own son.
Fact No 9
How did Genghis Khan use to derive pleasure?
Often Genghis Khan took pleasure in sleeping with wives and daughters of the enemy chiefs. He, too, had sexual relations with them. He liked them with small noses, rounded hips, long silky hairs, red lips, and sweet-sounding voices.
Fact No 10
Did Genghis Khan conquer India?
No, Genghis Khan didn’t conquer India for the following reasons.
1) Genghis Khan knew the military power of Iltutmish.
2) For thousands of years, the Himalayas have protected India from invasions of Central Asian Tribes.
3) Some historians, such as the Juzjani, believed that India’s hot climate conditions were too dangerous to the Khan’s army, trained to fight in a cold environment.
4) Genghis Khan was revengeful. He only invaded an empire or region to take revenge. He went to invasions when there were causes of certain attacks.
Fact No 11
What was the cause of Gengis Khan’s death?
Different sources have different things to say about his death:
1) The traditional sources say that he died in 1227 from injuries sustained in a fall from a horse.
3) Marco Polo wrote that he died due to an infection of an arrow wound he received during his last mission.
4) Some texts put forward that his concubine killed him during sleeping with her.
5) While some other sources say a Chinese princess killed him through a concealed dagger, others say he died due to fever.
Hence, the exact cause of his death remains a mystery.
Fact No 12
Do you know where Genghis Khan was buried?
1) According to historical sources, 2000 people attended to his funeral needs. These 2000 people were killed by his army. Then, the army was killed by his escort. Further, the escort killed anyone that crossed their path to camouflage, where he was buried. Finally, the legend states when they reached their destination, they committed suicide. Moreover, when Genghis Khan’s tomb was completed, the enslaved people who built it were killed by his soldiers. Then, soldiers were also killed. Thus anyone who knows burial location was dead or killed.
2) Some historical sources state that his grave was riddled with over 200 horses, and then trees were planted over the burial site. The Permafrost also played a vital role in the hiding of burial sites.
3) The Erdeni Tobchi (1662) states that Genghis Khan’s coffin may have been emptied when it arrived in Mongolia to show people that he was buried in Mongolia.
Some historical records say he was buried near the Onon river.
However, the exact location of the burial site remains a mystery.
Fact No 13
Is Babur related to Genghis Khan?
Babar,Humayun,Akbar, Jahangir and Aurangzeb were the descendants of Genghis khan.The rulers of the Mughal empire have certain genetic relations with the Mongol rulers. Babar was descended from Genghis Khan through Timur. Babar was of Timur ancestry. Babar has certain genetics as of Chagatai Khan, who was the son of Genghis Khan. Moreover, Babar’s Mother, Qutlugh Khanum, was of Chagatai Khan ancestry.
Fact No 14
Did you know Genghis Khan hated the cats and was terrified of dogs?
According to the Secret History of Mongols, Khan was afraid of dogs because Mongolian Dogs were vicious and well known for attacking common people.
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Fact No 15
What did Genghis Khan look like?
Genghis Khan never allowed any painter to paint his image or sculptures to sculpt his image during his reign. The first image came out after his death. It made it difficult for historians to collect accurate information about his reign for hundreds of years.
Fact No 16
Was Genghis Khan Caucasian?
Many historical sources state that Genghis Khan and his children were Caucasian. For example, an Ancient historian Rashid Al-Din claims that he had red hair and green eyes. However, there is no real evidence that Genghis Khan was a Caucasian.
Fact No 17
Did you know Genghis Khan conquered almost 1/3 of Asia
His empire was almost two times bigger than Alexander the Great. About 75% population of Iran was killed or died during the invasion of Iran. About 10% of the world’s population was killed or died during his reign.
Fact No 18
Who was the last descendant of Genghis Khan?
Sayyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan was descended from Genghis Khan. He was the leader of the Manghud Dynasty. On 2nd September 1920, Red Soviet Army invaded Bukhara. Mohammad Alim Khan was forced to flee to Dushanbe (in the present day of Tajikistan). Finally, he died in 1944 in Kabul, Afghanistan. His son Shahmurad denounced his father in 1929 and later joined the Soviet red army.
Fact No 19
Is anyone today related to Genghis Khan?
In 2003, A study source revealed that Genghis Khan DNA is present in about 16 million men alive today. In addition, the Mongolian Y chromosome is now found in millions of people.
Fact No 20
Which method was used by Genghis Khan to execute his enemies?
Measuring against the Linchpin was the method used by Genghis Khan in which enemy civilians were beheaded. Genghis Khan used this ruthless method against Jamukha’s Tribes in 1202. In this method, all the enemy civilians were forced to come beside a Wagon Wheel. If their heads were taller than Linchpin, they were instantly executed.
Fact No 21
Why Genghis Khan was good for the environment?
Genghis Khan was the greenest conqueror in the world’s history. Genghis Khan’s invasions depopulated many regions. With less population, large areas of cultivated fields were converted into forests, leading to reforestation. The regrowth of trees absorbed 700 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, this was the extraordinary impact of invasions on the environment.
Fact No 22
How many children did Genghis Khan have?
Genghis Khan had more than 500 wives. He has 14 children. Some historical records state that he had hundreds of children. Nowadays, Genghis Khan is considered the “Super Father” all over the world. However, the book “The Secret History of Mongols” did not give any evidence on the exact number of children of Genghis Khan. Hence, it remains a mystery.
Fact No 23
Who defeated Genghis Khan?
As the Great Khan of Mongols, Genghis Khan barely lost any battle. But Jamukha, who was his trusted ally afterward, became his rival. Jamukha once defeated Genghis Khan with his large Mongolian tribes’ army. Generally, people in India believe that Alauddin Khalji defeated Genghis Khan, which is inaccurate information as Alauddin Khalji was born in 1266 (after the death of Genghis Khan). Do not believe in these types of rumours.
Fact No 24
Did you know who the most trusted advisor of Genghis Khan was?
His Mother, Hoelun, played a vital role in maintaining the huge Mongol empire. In 1196, Tatars attempted to kill Tolui (fourth son of Genghis Khan). However, due to Hoelun’s guards present in the camp, Tolui was saved from Tatars’ attempt to kill him. Moreover, Altani also helped in saving Tolui.
Fact No 25
What prompted Gengis Khan to invade?
Genghis Khan was revengeful. He only invaded an empire for retaliation. For example, in 1219, Genghis Khan sent a message to the ruler of the Khwarazmian empire, requesting trade between their empires. But Khwarazmian empire denied the request of Genghis Khan for trade. So his first group of the 500-man caravan was executed by the governor of Khwarazmian city of Otrar. His second group of three ambassadors (one Muslim, two Mongols) was shaved and beheaded by the Shah before sending them back to Genghis Khan. This led Genghis Khan to invade the Khwarazmian empire. During this invasion, 1.7 to 15 million people were killed.
Fact No 26
Why did Chilger Bokh and its campaigns kidnap Borte Khan?
Shortly afterward her marriage with Temujin, Borte Khan was kidnapped by three members of Merkit. Chilger Bokh was the leader of Merkit confederation. This Raid was actually done in retaliation for the abduction of Hoelun (Temujin’s Mother) by his father Yesugei after her wedding with Yeh Chilado around 1159 AD. Yehe Chilado was brother of Chilger Bokh.