"That's Not a Girl" Top 5 Page for this destination Mongolia Local Custom Tip by hayward68

Mongolia Local Customs: 65 reviews and 93 photos

  Nomadic child
by hayward68
 
 

One custom that you might want to know is that Mongolian nomads don't cut their boy's hair until they are about 4 years old. This takes place in a ceremony and is a big family affair and out comes the food, drink and music. So before you offer up girly gifts to a child that you presume to be a girl, you might want to ask as sometimes you can't tell.
This little boy was a member of the camel herding family with whom we stayed. He was a funny little guy and I played with him quite a bit. He was doing what I assume was a tiger or lion impression for me, which involved being on all fours, scratching at the ground and growling. Quite a cute little guy.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jan 21, 2006
  • Send to a Friend
  • Report Abuse

Comments (1)

  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Interesting and good to know. I would love to see a ceremony like that. I would feel kind of stupid asking someone what sex they are, but I guess you kind of have too. If you didn't post the explanation, I would think that was a girl in your picture. At first I thought this tip was gonna be about them dressing boys like girls.
    I wonder what the reason is for not cutting their hair.

hayward68

“I didn't lose my mind, it was mine to give away”

Online Now

Female

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 9 8 4
Forum Rank:
0 2 6 6 3

Have you been to Mongolia?

  Share Your Travels