#75 Mongolia: Genghis Khan’s Empire, Modern Culture & Traditions.

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In this conversation, the guest, a cultural anthropologist and podcaster, discusses her background and interests in cultural anthropology. She shares her experiences studying cultural anthropology and the concept of cultural relativism. The guest also talks about her research on Mongolian national identity and her interest in music and sound. The conversation explores cultural differences in death rituals and the concept of reincarnation. The guest also discusses Mongolia’s relationship with Czech Republic and Hungary. The conversation concludes with the guest singing a Mongolian song and sharing a favorite memory in her mother tongue. In this part of the conversation, the topics covered include the Mongolian language and writing script, the Modern Mongolia podcast, the celebration and commemoration of Genghis Khan, Mongolian festivals, the geography and landscapes of Mongolia, traditional Mongolian dress, favorite Mongolian foods, horse meat and horse milk alcohol, and Mongolian milk tea with salt. In this part of the conversation, the design of the Mongolian flag is discussed, highlighting the symbolism of the colors and shapes. The freedom and spaciousness of Mongolia are also mentioned as one of the things the guest loves about her country. The challenges of the address system in Mongolia and the need for improvement are addressed. The balance between tradition and innovation is explored, emphasizing the importance of taking inspiration from the past while moving forward. The attitudes of Mongolian youth towards marriage and having kids are examined, noting the trend of postponing marriage and the influence of social pressure. Wedding rituals in Mongolia, including the engagement ceremony and traditional costumes, are described. The guest shares her positive impressions of India, including the culture, movies, and food. Dream travel destinations, such as Chile and Iceland, are mentioned. Lastly, the impact of AI on anthropology and culture is discussed, considering the potential benefits and challenges. In this conversation, the impact of AI on anthropology and culture is discussed, along with the potential for AI to change concepts and perceptions. The importance of authentic expression and self-acceptance is emphasized, as well as the value of pursuing multiple interests. The process of conducting anthropological research and finding grants for podcasting is explored. The conversation also touches on the significance of art as a reflection of society and the role of NFTs and crypto in the digital world. The interview concludes with reflections on the experience and a farewell in Mongolian.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00 Introduction and Background
05:01 Cultural Anthropology and Interests
07:06 Accomplishments and Self-Reflection
10:15 Learnings from Anthropology
14:44 Cultural Differences in Death Rituals
20:43 Mongolia’s Relationship with Czech Republic and Hungary
23:10 Anthropology of Time and Temporality
25:33 Music and Sound
28:26 Mongolian Wrestling and Judo
30:39 Singing a Mongolian Song
41:39 Language and Memories
43:12 Mongolian Language and Writing Script
47:12 Modern Mongolia Podcast
51:19 Genghis Khan and Mongolian Identity
56:10 Mongolian Festivals
57:24 Chinggis Khan and Mongol Empire
01:02:28 Geography and Landscapes of Mongolia
01:08:29 Traditional Mongolian Dress
01:11:49 Favorite Mongolian Foods
01:14:34 Horse Meat and Horse Milk Alcohol
01:18:47 Mongolian Milk Tea with Salt
01:20:10 The Design of the Mongolian Flag
01:23:03 The Freedom and Spaciousness of Mongolia
01:27:00 The Address System in Mongolia
01:31:01 Balancing Tradition and Innovation
01:33:02 Youth Attitudes Towards Marriage and Having Kids
01:39:24 Wedding Rituals in Mongolia
01:43:12 Impressions of India
01:52:52 Dream Travel Destinations
01:54:39 The Impact of AI on Anthropology and Culture
01:57:11 Anthropology in Mongolia
02:00:03 Lunch with Maynard James, Great Grandfather, and Hungarian Friend
02:03:10 How to Make Money
02:04:17 Grant Opportunities for Podcasts
02:05:13 The Freedom of Anthropology
02:06:08 Getting Started in Research
02:07:33 Finding Grants for Podcasts
02:09:36 Authenticity in Podcasting
02:10:22 The Meaning of Art
02:11:28 Being Remembered for Modern Mongolia Podcast
02:11:41 Life-Changing Advice
02:12:07 Favorite Advice
02:13:31 Accepting and Loving Yourself
02:14:10 Regrets and Disappointments
02:15:37 Finding Purpose and Persistence
02:17:32 The Journey of Narrowing Down
02:19:10 The Priceless Gift of Life
02:20:43 Learning Backflips
02:21:48 Excitement for the Future
02:22:47 Regrets and Expressing Feelings
02:24:19 The Impact of NFTs and Crypto
02:25:48 Concluding Remarks and Feedback
02:28:22 Favorite Food and Movie
02:30:14 Thoughts on NFTs and Crypto
02:33:55 Concluding Remarks and Goodbye



• The Mongolian flag symbolizes the blue sky and the red, with blue representing the traditional worship of the sky and red representing the ruling party during the People’s Republic of Mongolia.
• Mongolia offers a sense of freedom and spaciousness, allowing for road trips and camping in the countryside.
• The address system in Mongolia is complicated and needs improvement, particularly in the ger districts.
• Finding a balance between tradition and innovation is important for cultural development.
• Youth in Mongolia are increasingly postponing marriage and having children, influenced by social pressure and the desire for education and career opportunities.
• Wedding rituals in Mongolia include the engagement ceremony and traditional costumes, with variations between urban and rural areas.
• India is admired for its culture, movies, and food, with popular dishes like butter chicken and biryani.
• Dream travel destinations for the guest include Chile, Iceland, and countries with beautiful beaches for surfing.
• The impact of AI on anthropology and culture is a topic of exploration, with potential benefits and challenges to consider. AI is impacting anthropology and culture by changing concepts and perceptions.
• Authentic expression and self-acceptance are important in personal and artistic growth.
• Anthropological research can be pursued through grants and collaborations.
• Art serves as a reflection of society and can be a powerful medium for self-expression.
• NFTs and crypto have the potential to authenticate and monetize digital assets.
• The interviewee’s bucket list includes learning how to do a backflip.
• The interviewee is excited about finding their own place to call home.
• The interviewee’s favorite movie is Revolutionary Road.
• The interviewee’s favorite book is Master and Margarita.
• The interviewee enjoys last-minute travel and going for walks while listening to music.
• The interviewee’s biggest regret is not expressing their feelings in a past relationship.
• The interviewee is interested in learning more about NFTs and crypto.
• The interviewee appreciates the opportunity to connect with people and discover commonalities.


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