A yurt by any other name

“Yurt” is, of course, the English word for these awesome structures. In Mongolia, they are known as ger (rhymes with “air”). According to Becky Kemery, author of YURTS: Living in the Round, the original word for “nomad” came from a word for “felt,” which was used to cover yurts in Central Asia. Turkic nomads west of Mongolia called their structures eu, oy, or uy (meaning “dwelling” or “home”).

Ger in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia (September 2009)

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia (September 2009)

(picture from M. Angel Herrero via Flickr)

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