Something cool is happening in Toronto - Amai Mongol is visiting for a few days before his departure this Friday! He is a first Mongol to travel the world in this way, as a modern BADARACHIN – following this ancient Mongolian tradition, a kind of mission when a young man, who has certain skills and education, and is matured enough, takes a bag and two sticks and go for a long trip. His task would be to go by foot, to walk through various difficulties, experience pain and collect knowledge and experiences, and than, after some time, to get back to his people and tell them what he has learned.
Canada is the 86th country he is visited in 9 years. His plan was to visit at least 150 countries and 6 continents before he gets back to Mongolia, a journey he embarked on the 4th of November 2005 – a trip around the world.
“For many years we haven’t heard of badarchines, like this tradition has vanished. I wanted to renew this tradition and to investigate possibilities of travelling for Mongolian people, thus giving the opportunity to my people, specially our youth, to go to foreign countries. I write about all countries I see along the way, from Mongolian point of view – about the people who live there and about what a Mongolian traveller could expect there. I am trying to compare all those countries with Mongolia and their cultures with ours.” says Amai.
Mongolia is last nomad civilisation in the World. Soviet Union tried to erase that culture for 70 years, but such a long and rich history couldn’t be erased during two or three generations.
“People of other cultures come from cultures of cities. That is not in Mongolian tradition, but now, especially because of globalisation, Mongolia has to put together both those traditions.” says Amai.
You can read more about Amai around the world traveler here on FB or on his official blog, www.amai.mn