I WLLL COME INTO YOUR HOUSE AND FUCKING nap with you
The Mongols loved competitions of all sorts, and they organized debates among rival religions the same way they organized wrestling matches. It began on a specific date with a panel of judges to oversee it. In this case Mongke Khan ordered them to debate before three judges: a Christian, a Muslim, and a Buddhist. A large audience assembled to watch the affair, which began with great seriousness and formality. An official lay down the strict rules by which Mongke wanted the debate to proceed: on pain of death “no one shall dare to speak words of contention.”
Their debate ranged back and forth over the topics of evil versus good, God’s nature, what happens to the souls of animals, the existence of reincarnation, and whether God had created evil. As they debated, the clerics formed shifting coalitions among the various religions according to the topic. Between each round of wrestling, Mongol athletes would drink fermented mare’s milk; in keeping with that tradition, after each round of the debate, the learned men paused to drink deeply in preparation for the next match.
No side seemed to convince the other of anything. Finally, as the effects of the alcohol became stronger, the Christians gave up trying to persuade anyone with logical arguments, and resorted to singing. The Muslims, who did not sing, responded by loudly reciting the Koran in an effort to drown out the Christians, and the Buddhists retreated into silent meditation. At the end of the debate, unable to convert or kill one another, they concluded the way most Mongol celebrations concluded, with everyone simply too drunk to continue."
Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (via athenaltena)
I’m interested that the Muslims drew the line at singing but not at getting totally obliterated on mare’s milk. (via protectorateandcircuit)
Someone else brought that up since alcohol is supposed to be forbidden by the Koran, but I did some poking around and apparently kumis (the mare’s milk in question) gets a bit more leeway in that regard, especially among Turks who have been drinking it since before Islam existed. It might also have to do with it not actually being all that alcoholic, relatively speaking, being roughly 2% ABV.
Also if a Mongol Khan told you to drink would you say no?
"i’m a nice guy, why don’t bitches like me"
well son, let me tell you about the birds and the bees. i have 100 birds and 100 bees in this box. they’re angry. i’m opening the box. they’re coming for you
an interesting amount of people condone setting angry bees and birds on fake nice guys