25 Insane Things You Didn’t Know About Genghis Khan

Posted by , Updated on April 9, 2015


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.

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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