Family Values In The Mongol Empire

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During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries there were a group of people called the Tartars. These people were members of the Mongolia and they called themselves Tata. “However, when people realized that this sounded a lot like Tartarus, Roman mythology’s variation of Hell, they started calling the Mongols Tartars – ‘people from Tartarus,’ meaning demons from hell” (Poisuo, 1). The Mongols were known for the violence and wanting to take over the world by attacking everyone. Therefore, people around the world started calling them “demons from hell.” Carpini who was one of the first Europeans to enter the Mongol Empire, wrote about his journey through the empire and everything that he learned about the Tartars, their religion, marriages, food, clothing, and many more, in his book “The Story of the Mongols Whom We Call the Tartars.” Carpini’s description of the Tartars throughout the book seems to be unpleasing to him and his values of life. Despite the fact that Carpini describes many different aspects of Mongol life in his book, in my judgment he is most interested in their family values and how different they are from the Western European family values that he has grown up into, Carpini was mostly blinded throughout the book by his previous judgment on Mongols, which could be trusted due to the fact that the Mongols really were violent. In comparison to post-Classical societies the Mongols fit in with some aspects such as how much power money can get for people, however, they differ in their beliefs such as family values. Throughout history we have seen that family values have been one of the most important aspects of societies around the world. Although these values may be different from one another, we can see that it is a ma... ... middle of paper ... ... Story of the Mongols Whom We Call the Tartars. In his book he explained everything he saw and learned about the Mongols, such as their marriages, religion, clothing, food, and even the way they fought in war. Throughout the book, it can be seen that in his mindset the societal value of the Mongols are not the same as his. Carpini describes many different aspects of Mongol life throughout his book, however, one of the most shocking and interesting aspects was their family values and how different those value are from the values of the Western European values. Carpini’s previous judgment about the Mongols was blinding him throughout this book and journey. When comparing the Mongols to the post-Classical societies, they have differences and similarities, they are similar in how they rank their people by money and power, but they are different in their family values.

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