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How Many Women Did Genghis Khan Rape

How many women did Gengis Khan rape?

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As the other educator mentioned, no one really knows how many women Genghis Khan (Temujin) raped.

Temujin was a Mongol warrior lord who harbored an ambitious hegemonic agenda. He conquered large areas of Asia during his reign as khan. Under his leadership, the Mongol army became a powerful fighting machine, cutting through huge swaths of territory and terrorizing the inhabitants of those lands. 

Temujin's army was successful because it excelled in reconnaissance and psychological warfare. Temujin was merciless in the aftermath of any conflict; enemy men were summarily executed, while the women and children became the spoils of war. Temujin took any woman who caught his fancy, and his commanders certainly knew enough to leave the most beautiful women to him.

Historians assert that Temujin reveled in marrying or taking for concubines the wives and daughters of his enemies. Although there is no evidence to suggest that any of the women consented to their fate eagerly, it is safe to conclude that Temujin left these women little choice. It is highly likely that any woman who dared to rebel would have been summarily killed or given over to Temujin's soldiers for sexual sport. 

According to National Geographic (link below), an international group of scientists discovered that about 8 percent of men living in previous territories of the Mongol Empire carry almost identical Y-chromosomes. That translates into an eye-popping 16 million descendants. Whether these men are actually descended from Temujin is still a matter of vibrant debate.

One thing is clear, however: Temujin's sexual appetite was legendary. He expected women to fulfill his desires, regardless of their thoughts on the...

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