Genghis Khan

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Gengis Kahn The father of Genghis Kahn was Yisugei, belonging to the Kiyat-Borjigid nomad tribe in Mongolia. Yisugei was an aristocratic leader in his tribe as well as a fierce fighter. Genghis Kahn's given name, Temuchin, comes from his birth story. Yisugei was coming home from a campaign against the Tartars when his first wife Ho'elun was in labor. He had brought captives with him and one was named Temuchin-uge. It was customary to name a child after a captive from a successful campaign. There are also arguments made that Temuchin's family were smiths, and the name comes from the word temur, with means iron. Temuchin had a brother named Temuge and a sister named Temulun. The birth date of Temuchin is not well known, the Chinese Zhao Hong says 1155, but instances in his early life do not concur with that early of a date. Most he was born between 1162 and 1167.

At an early age he made a blood-compact with a friend named Jamuka, in later years this would take great strain on Temuchin. (Ratchnevsky ??) When Temuchin was eight to nine years old, Yisugei decided it was time to choose a fiancé for his son. Yisgugei had originally thought of a Onggirat bride for his son, as the Onggriat's were one of the oldest and most respected tribes in Mongolia. On his way to the Oggirat, he stopped to visit Daisechen, a member of the Boskur tribe, which was a sub-tribe of the Oggirat. Yesugei took a immediate liking to Daischen's daughter and started betrothal negotiations. After much discussion, Daisechen agreed but only if Temuchin was to live with him for a year. This was done to make up for the bride-price. The marriage would also allow a alliance with the two tribes, which was advantageous...



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