Genghis Khan's sex life was as extensive as his Mongolian empire. The Mongol leader took full advantage of his position and left a vast genetic legacy. As the Mongols moved through the steppe regions of Central Asia to the east and west, riding their magnificent war horses along the Silk Roads, Genghis Khan used military and administrative tactics - and his sexual prowess - to leave his mark.
Sex for Genghis Khan was as much a tool of power as a right of conquest and he used it well during the thirteenth century. Genghis Khan's children, grandchildren, and beyond not only carried on Mongol traditions but the great conqueror's DNA, too.
Genghis Khan Slept With Other Men
To be fair, Genghis Khan slept with his best friend, Jamukha, when he was a young man and, while they shared a blanket, there's no indication anything of a sexual nature took place. Temujin, Genghis Khan's given name, was a less powerful leader at the time and eventually left Jamukha's clan because he didn't trust him. When Temujin left, many of Jamukha's followers went with him, contributing to Temujin's growing prestige and authority.
Jamukha, once considered by Temujin to be a brother, became one of Genghis Khan's biggest rivals and was executed by his former friend. His back was broken, a noble death with no blood spilled. According to The Secret History of the Mongols, Genghis Khan said,
"'In accordance with your words, I shall kill you without shedding your blood.' After saying this, Genghis Khan decreed that Jamukha should be put to death without his blood being shed and that his bones should not be abandoned in the open but buried decently. [So] he killed Jamukha and had his bones buried."
Each Time He Defeated A Rival Tribe, He Took A Wife, But Not Always For Himself
Genghis Khan had four wives that were considered more important than the others, but he took a woman from each tribe he conquered as his own. When he conquered the Tanghut, he got a wife named Chakha, the daughter of the clan leader. When he threatened the Jin dynasty in China, they offered the Khan one of the emperor's daughters along with other riches.
The practice was about marriage alliances as well as sex. This policy was part of Mongol tradition and Genghis kept some of the women given to him but married off others to his commanders and subordinates. He used women as tools of diplomacy between clan groups as well as negotiated the marriages of his own children to keep the peace.
Genghis Khan Is Related To .05% Of The World's Population
Just because Genghis Khan didn't marry every woman given to him doesn't mean he didn't have plenty of sex. Genetic evidence indicates at least 8% of the men living in former Mongolian territory can trace their DNA back to Genghis. With so much Genghis Khan DNA out in the world, it's estimated that 16,000 million males, or .05% of the male population of the planet, can link themselves back to the Mongol leader.
His Oldest Son May Not Have Been His But He Was Okay With It
With all of the woman-kidnapping going on in the Mongol world, virginity was not held in high regard or taken for granted. One of Genghis's wives, Borte, was kidnapped during the early years of her marriage to Temujin. When he got her back, Borte was pregnant. The exact parentage of his first born son, Jochi, was never known but the Khan always treated him as his own.
Despite acknowledging Jochi as a rightful heir, Genghis Khan's eldest son died a year before he did. This left the next oldest son, Ogedei, to be his father's successor.