Mongolia: Secrecy, Taboo, and the Sacred Tomb of Genghis Khan

Robin Ackroyd is the author of a book about the mystery of Genghis Khan’s death and burial in August 1227, almost 800 years ago. He trekked several hundred miles on horseback during an independent research expedition in northern Mongolia, and now outlines his findings. Robin ventured into wilderness once frequented by a young Mongolian called Temüjin – the future world conqueror Genghis, or Chinggis, Khan – and to where, ultimately, his secret tomb may be located. The author found, during the expedition and during his subsequent research, that Mongolian culture is imbued with taboos, in particular about death. These trace their roots back to Genghis Khan’s time and earlier, and help us understand why the whereabouts of the tomb has remained secret for so long.


[Whilst this lecture is sponsored for the RSAA, we point out that Robin’s expedition was totally independent and unsupported]


This lecture will be sponsored for the Society by



10 February 2016

Where: Lunchtime lecture. Venue: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before. £7 & £10.

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