25 Insane Things You Didn’t Know About Genghis Khan

While you probably know he was a prolific warlord, there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to the father of military mayhem. These are 25 insane things you didn’t know about Genghis Khan.

Subscribe to List25

25

According to legend Genghis was born with a blood clot in his clenched fist which foretold that he would be a great ruler

genghis khan
24

He grew to be tall, he had a long beard, and most likely had red hair with green eyes.

genghis khan
23

His look came from the fact that Mongolia had experienced a lot of mixing between European and Asian genes

genghis khan
22

He founded the Mongol Empire by uniting the various tribes between Russia and China

genghis khan
21

This empire became the largest contiguous empire in history. It stretched all the way from the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Europe

genghis khan
20

He believed that a man could be measured by the number of children he fathered. His harem included thousands of women and he had children with many of them

genghis khan
19

In fact, due to his sexual exploits, geneticists have found that roughly 8% of men in Asia carry his genetic legacy in their Y-chromosome

genghis khan
18

Some of his campaigns involved killing all members of a society - men, women, and children

genghis khan
17

Some scholars believe that he is responsible for up to 40 million deaths

genghis khan
16

He wanted the location of his grave to be unknown (somewhere in present day Mongolia) so his funeral escort killed everyone they met along the way

genghis khan
15

Apparently he even demanded that a river be diverted to run across his grave. This way he would never be disturbed

genghis khan
14

His birth name was Temujin, the name of a warlord his father had defeated

genghis khan
13

At the age of 10 he killed one of his half brothers while fighting over the game they had just killed on a hunt

genghis khan
12

At 15 he was enslaved by another tribe. He escaped though, which ended up winning him a lot of respect

genghis khan
11

He met his future wife, Börte, when he was only 9 (arranged by his father)

genghis khan
10

When he was 16 they were married and their tribes were united.

genghis khan
9

Although he would go on to sleep with numerous women, his empress was always Börte

genghis khan
8

After his wife was kidnapped by another tribe, Temujin (Genghis) basically went on a rampage and began to conquer his enemies

genghis khan
7

Many tribes pledged loyalty and Temujin became their ruler, or Khan. It was at this point that he changed his name to Genghis, meaning "right" or "just".

genghis khan
6

He allowed his conquered enemies to fight for him so his army would keep growing

genghis khan
5

He used numerous "dirty" techniques and revolutionized espionage and military tactics

genghis khan
4

When the Persians beheaded the Mongolian envoy, Genghis released his wrath and destroyed nearly 90% of their population.

genghis khan
3

In fact, according to some estimates, Iran's population didn't reach its pre-Mongol levels until the mid-1900s.

genghis khan
2

Some see him as the father of "scorched earth" military techniques which involve destroying pretty much any and every sign of civilization.

genghis khan
1

If a town or city disobeyed while under his rule, then everybody in the city would be executed

genghis khan


SEE ALSO: 15 Science Projects Better Than Making Slime (Your Kids Will Agree!) »

NOW WATCH: 25 Surprising Facts About Coca-Cola You Might Not Know

Subscribe to List25

What do you think?

2 points
Upvote Downvote
25 Most Epic Moments Of People With Statues

25 Most Epic Moments Of People With Statues

Link25 (136) – The Dog Adoption Photo Shoot Edition

Link25 (136) – The Dog Adoption Photo Shoot Edition