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Drink

English form:

     drink

Cyrillic:

      Унд, Ундаа

Classical:

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Literary Analysis: Drink and the words associated with it are used in a straight forward manner. Only the most literal meaning can be taken from the text. While there is little variation from this, mentioning drinking is sometimes used to imply or allude to an event or conflict.

 

Cultural Significance: Drink is very useful to us in understanding the culture in The Secret History of the Mongols. Because drinking is an integral part of Mongolian culture, it can reveal many social and political characteristics. By examining the social process of drinking, hierarchy and personal relationships can be determined.

 

Historical Significance: Drinking is mentioned extensively in The Secret History of the Mongols. Events occur while people are drinking in such frequency that alcoholic beverages were highly influential in the shaping of the Mongol Empire and the areas of the world it controlled. Some political struggles are even played out in the form of drinking at these events. In addition, many important persons and leaders in Mongolian society mentioned in the text were quite fond of the beverage and some even struggled with alcoholism.

 
 

Johnathan Davis can be reached at: jdavis@macalester.edu

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