Ep. 3 | Genghis Khan - "Holy cow! This dude was crazy."
Updated: Sep 27, 2019
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I don't know if "fun" is a good word for it, but we certainly enjoyed this week's topic. Complicated guy, that Genghis. Let's peel back those layers, shall we?
Christa and Sage are tip-top historians* this week as they delve into Genghis Khan's world, attempt to pronounce Mongolian names, and bask in the glory of John Wayne's historically accurate portrayal of this 13th-century gunslinger. P.S. Don't forget the giveaway! See below for more information. There's also a fun little Easter Egg for those with keen ears.
*We assume this means they were wearing top hats.
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Uhhmm, how did we do at that particular art form? (It's okay--we're actors; we're used to rejection and harsh criticism.)
All right, so we're not the best at pronouncing the names. But we're not alone:
Hey, how about this poster? Susan Hayward looks stunning with her 1940s hair and make-up. And gown. And shoes. I'm pretty sure this is exactly what Borte looked like!
Here are some photos from the Genghis Khan exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in 2018:
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Here are some wonderful little videos on Mongolian throat singing. The singer we played on the podcast was Zagd-Ochir Sumiyabazar and he was playing the marin whoor, or morin khuur, a traditional stringed instrument that's also called the horsehead fiddle. His is the first video below.
This next one follows singer Mendbayar as he performs and as he trains other students.
And finally, singer Batzorig Vaanchig atop a mountain!
Interested in the crime scene minis we talked about? They're called the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and they are fascinating! Chicago heiress Frances Glessner Lee created them to help train detectives. Sometimes called the "godmother of forensic science", she created each scene down to the most minute details. She also provided witness statements and answers for each crime. The latter, however, are kept secret because these are still used for training. AAARRRGGGH! There are two in particular that I really want the solutions for. I have my own ideas, of course, but I must know for sure! Perhaps it'll be more fun to pore over them for several years and come up with my own solutions. There's a little documentary narrated by John Waters that you can watch, too.
Which are your favourites? Do you have any ideas as to whodunnit?
On that note...
That's all she wrote! Hope you enjoyed this episode. Don't forget the contest!
Christa & Sage
P.S. Temujin, at one point, may have boiled the Taichi'ut chiefs alive, but these might also be myths spread through fear. Huh. Using fear to spread fake news? Who would do that?!