is Genghis Khan important to Mongolian democracy?
Peaceful Protest for Democracy
1206, nine years before the signing of the Magna Carta in England,
Genghis Khan brought Mongolians the gifts of independence, nationhood
and the basic principles from which they would one day build a
modern democratic state," said Paula Sabloff, senior research
scientist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and curator
of the exhibition. "Today, Mongolians identify Genghis Khan
with their contemporary democratic principles."
exhibition provides a comparison of the 1992 Mongolian and 1787
American constitutions, as well as a distinctly Mongolian perspective
on what democracy means and how it is inspired by Genghis Khan's
democratic principles. "Modern Mongolia" closes with
a video presentation featuring recent interviews with Mongolians
speaking on the heritage and the future of Mongolia.