Mongolian ethnicity - top countries
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Mongolian ethnicity
The descendants of nomadic proto-Mongols, the majority of Mongolians today live in the modern-day nation of Mongolia and the Mongolian autonomous region of China, with a sizable diaspora in Russia. Mongolia was the meeting point for a large variety of religious traditions a thousand years ago: traditional shamanism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism all held sway over the region. Today, the majority religion in Mongolia is Tibetan Buddhism. Between the 12th and 13th centuries, Genghis Khan formed the Mongol Empire, which eventually grew to be the largest contiguous empire in the world. Horses played a vital part in the conquests of the Mongols, and they continue to hold an important role in Mongolian culture today: they are cultivated for milk, meat, labor, and racing.