Mongolian Girls Becoming Eagle Hunters to Help Keep Ancient Tradition Dominated by Men Alive

Mongolian girls becoming eagle hunters to help keep ancient tradition dominated by men alive
Eagle hunter Ashol Pan of Mongolia gets an eagle-pat on the head. Photo by Asher Svidensky/Caters News Agency [via Yahoo! News]

A photographer seeking to document the next generation of Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia discovered a 13-year-old girl who has taken to the male-dominated tradition.

Photographer Asher Svidensky made a four-month trek through western Mongolia, mostly on horseback, and found Han Gohadok and his daughter, Ashol Pan, who had expressed a desire to take up the full-time profession that is centuries old.

Good thing, too, since the ancient pastime is said to be a dying part of Mongolian culture, as young men are leaving their families and the hunting duties behind. As a result, more girls are becoming eagle hunters to replace their brothers, according to the Mail Online.

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Whoa, those eagles are huge! Kudos to the ladies stepping in and stepping up!

[via Grind TV by way of Yahoo! News]

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