History

See How Millennial Monks Adapt to the Modern World

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

These are Mongolia’s millennial monks. Today, they are in charge of more and more of the country's monasteries. This new generation of monks are coming of age after decades of Soviet religious persecution. Roughly 17,000 monks were killed with the arrival of Communism in the 1930s.

This is Amarbayasgalant monastery, currently home to 40 monks. It had 800 before the Soviet era. In a modernising world, finding young people to pursue this career is becoming difficult but the monks at Amarbayasgalant remain faithfully committed to the future.