The “Central Asian” knot

I remember sometimes my hands would be numb from the cold in the morning- so numb that I had some difficulty tying the knot to tether the horses after tracking them down. Durukh showed me a “Mongolian” knot that he insisted I used when tying up the livestock. He was also very adamant about never letting go of the horses tether rope when in hand. I can see why as on 1 or 2 occasions we had to spend 2 hours or so tracking down lost horses!

Here is the knot:

You reaction may be “big deal” right? Well there is some significance to the knot.

I have been reading adventurer Tim Cope ‘s book “On the trail of Genghis Khan” which describes his 3.5 year journey from Karakorum, Mongolia (ancient capital of Genghis Khan’s empire) to the shores of the Danube river of Hungary in Eastern Europe ON HORSEBACK. I’m only into the first two chapters, but thus far he gives a very comprehensive summary of the history of the people of the Central Asian steppe.   I think it would serve as a great reference for a young student studying  Mongol history and Genghis Khan!

He’s made a TV series of the same name if you’re interested in the journey but don’t like reading. you’ll miss out on a lot of details though!

Anyway in the book he describes staying in certain nomad villages along the way. One a few occasions when local people would see him tie up his horses they would ask: “Where did you learn this knot? This is a (Khazak, Tartar, Cossack, Kalymyh, insert central Asian tribe here) knot!”

This, in itself, was evidence of the proliferation of the Mongols, their civilization and culture from Mongolia, across Asia, and finally into Eastern Europe. Isn’t it amazing that such a simple thing as a knot can serve as historical and cultural evidence?

After my return, I continue to reveal more and more interesting facts, trivia, perspectives on a variety of things!

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