Hunting Wolves in Mongolia with Golden Eagles

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    Hunting Wolves in Mongolia with Golden Eagles

    In western Mongolia, an ancient tradition of hunting with Golden Eagles is still alive. We know from history that Genghis Khan had 1,000 hunting birds - eagles, falcons and gyrfalcons - and so did Kubla Khan. There were protected areas in the steppe marked with stones where only the khans were allowed to hunt. The Kazakhs of Mongolia train their eagles to hunt and here the bird of prey is often considered a family member. The Berkutchi is a falconer who hunts with the Golden Eagle. The training of this bird was seen as difficult and even perilous even by the experienced. The bird is never a slave of its owner, only a partner in hunting. From ancient times, berkutchi-falconers in the nomadic herder societies had the role of preserving and stocking furs. The high social status of the berkutchi and his family was conditioned by the climate, as warm strong and durable clothing for the people during the winter seasons was a vital necessity. Best-suited for this were the pelts of wolves and foxes. Apart from hunting, berkutchi can give spiritual support to pregnant women, who experience or may experience difficulties in childbirth. Through the owner of the bird, which in the imagination of Asian peoples is a symbol of well-being and power.

     
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    Wonderful footage , thanks for sharing....

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    What an awesome video and soundtrack. Truly an impressive tradition... Thanks for sharing indeed!
     
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    Awesome video !!!
    Thanks for sharing !!!

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    Wow, what a great video! Thanks for sharing it with us.:bighello::bighello:
     
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    Thanks for posting this video up Jerome. There are a couple other youtube videos with eagles hunting wolves on youtube if anyone is interested. The throat singing tops the video off.
     
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