This post talks mostly about Mongolia but they have also been sited in Russia too.
Historically, the Mongols were pretty hardcore. Genghis Khan famously remarked (and was quoted more or less verbatim by Conan the Barbarian), “A man’s greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those who cherished them”. We’re talking about a tough people with a serious sense of fatalism reflected in Mongolian proverbs such as “He who drinks dies. He who does not drink, dies as well”. That is obviously the kind of intestinal fortitude and supercharged-level of testosterone that it takes to run roughshod over all of Asia and much of Eastern Europe from the 12th – 14th Century A.D. One wonders what mythological monsters could possibly arise in such a context, or alternatively, perhaps we should take their monsters a little more seriously, since these folks do not scare easily.
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