Daniel Bearing Gifts From Afar

The real deel

Daniel in the real deel

Daniel brought back from Mongolian some traditional garb gifts. He allowed us to try on these Christmas presents ahead of time. First up is Daniel wearing a deel that appears similar to a caftan. Deels in blue, olive, or burgundy, made from cotton, silk, or brocade, reach to the wearers knees and fan out at the bottom.

The deel looks like a big overcoat when not worn. Instead of buttoning together in the middle, the sides are pulled against the wearers body, right flap close to the body with the left covering. On the right side of the wearer are five or six clasps to hold the top flap in place. There is one clasp below the armpit, three at the shoulder, and either one or two at the neckline.

A deel is usually worn with a large belt, usually made of silk. The area between the flaps and above the belt creates a large pocket in which Mongolians keep many things.

Jacob and Rachel wearing Mongolian clothes

Jacob and Rachel wearing traditional Mongolian garb

I brought out my old crusader sword to assessorize my Mongolian vest, which prompted Daniel to draw his Genghis Khan dagger. The clothes were made by one of Daniel’s investigators, since baptized.

Crusader sword and Mongolian vest

A Crusader sword goes well with my Mongolian vest

Dressed Mongolian

Left to Right: Daniel, Jake, Rachel, Jill, and Rick

As an alternative to the above photograph, take a look at this.

Mongolian fight

Mongolian fight

Rickety signature.


  1. Rick, the picture with you and the sword is now my new desktop. It is very inspiring and makes me want to work very hard. Thank you!

  2. Daniel,

    Do they celebrate Christmas in Mongolia?

    • The church members do and it is celebrated a bit with marketing (selling of Santa toys, Christmas signs etc.) but as far as I could tell it was not a holiday commonly celebrated. They have Thagaan Sar Celebration similar to Christmas sometime in February.

  3. “Reel deel” – very clever! One day I hope to emulate your ability to pun. And I’m glad to see the sword fight wasn’t “to the death.”

  4. What’s the tiny hat on jill’s head called?

  5. Daniel is wearing real fox – fur hat . very warm.

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