It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in the nomadic communities that account for 30% of the country’s population. “When a boy is born in Inner Mongolia, his family pray for him to become a wrestler,” Hermann and Fletcher reveal. The sport is a status symbol that is the main focus in the life of many young Mongolian men.
Mongolian wrestling is an ancient tradition that still carries status within the nomadic communities of Inner Mongolia.
The Mongolian wrestlers move as if they are performing a dance. Every move is carefully choreographed.
The tradition dates back to Genghis Khan, who used the sport to keep his soldiers ready for battle.