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The Pastoral Nomadic Life

  The Portable Home: The Ger  

The Mongolian nomads have developed a circular felt-covered dwelling, the ger (or yurt in Turkish language), adapted to the difficult conditions of their daily life (cold, wind, sun) and easy to be moved, as they can be raised and dismantled in 30-60 minutes. The gers have beautiful carved and decorated doors, south oriented. When entering into a ger, airag and cheese are blown and snuff bottles are exchanged.

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Contemporary photograph of a Mongol family in front of their ger
Photograph by Kikutake Yuji, Courtesy of

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