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Jamuqa was a Mongol military and political leader and the chief rival to Temüjin, later Genghis Khan, in the unification of the Mongol tribes. Born in the Jadirat, a sub-tribe of the Mongols, Jamuqa was a childhood friend and a blood brother to Temüjin.

When Borte, wife of Temüjin, was abducted by the Merkit tribe, Wang Khan, Jamuqa and Temüjin combined forces against the Merkits to recover her.

In 1201, a kurultai elected Jamuqa as Gur Khan, universal ruler, a title used by the rulers of the Kara-Khitan Khanate. Jamuqa's assumption of this title was the final breach between Temüjin and Jamuqa, leading Temüjin to form a coalition of tribes to oppose him.

Jamuqa was less successful in coalition-building because, unlike Temüjin, he maintained traditional divisions between tribes in his forces and assigned commands by hereditary rank rather than merit. In particular, Jamuqa did not recruit sheperds who lacked tribal status in the Mongol tradition. This allowed Temüjin to recover from a series of military defeats inflicted by Jamuqa and to emerge victorious.

Jamuqa was eventually betrayed to Temüjin by his followers in 1206. Temüjin executed Jamuqa's betrayers on the principle that betrayal merits the harshest punishment. The Secret History of the Mongols states that Temüjin offered renewal of their brotherhood, but Jamuqa insisted that just as there was room for only one sun in the sky, there was room only for one Mongol lord. So he asked to be executed by a noble death without spilling blood. His request was granted by having his back broken by Temüjin's soldiers.
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warlordries Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
Beautiful. Also, the manliest non-fiction I've heard all year.
I like how the details are so adjusted to the depth-of-field.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, the art is awesome and I learned some history. Thank you! :D
ariukamo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Nuuts thovchoo nudend haragdjiin shu!
supra4mn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Beautiful work.
Hail to Genghis! He is the greatest.
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