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Mongolians honor ancient hero

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Added On April 19, 2017

About 100,000 ethnic Mongolians from across China, gathered at the mausoleum  of the 13th-century conquerer Genghis Khan on Monday for a grand memorial ritual.
 
China Report takes you there.
 
The annual spring ceremony for Genghis Khan has been practiced for nearly 800 years.
 
Worshippers step into the shrine in Ordos in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. They offer hada, a ceremonial silk scarf, and tea bricks, among other offerings. 
 
Genghis Khan's relics are enshrined at the site.
   
The ritual is hosted by members of the Dalhut families who have guarded the mausoleum for generations.
 
After the main ritual ends, attendees sprinkle milk outside the shrine to pray for blessings.
 
Ethnic Mongolians claim to be the descendants of Genghis Khan, who united the tribes in northern China and founded the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. 
 
His grandson, Kublai Khan, established the Yuan Dynasty, which ruled China from 1271 to 1368.
The mausoleum was established by Genghis Khan's son, though where he was actually interred remains unknown. 
 
China protects Genghis Khan memorial rituals as a form of intangible cultural heritage.