I’ve already come across some ideas about whistling in Mongolia – like the idea that it causes snow and storms. But I came across a few new ideas recently. I was talking to someone, and he suggested that some believed it can attract snakes – or that if you whistle inside, your income will fall. Apparently, the snake belief is linked to the idea that whistling is how snakes communicate – a sort of parseltongue, perhaps.
The other interesting thing I learnt was that apparently Mongolian has two words for whistling. шүгэлдэх and исгэрэх convey different types of whistling – I think it’s perhaps as to whether you’re using a whistle, or just your lips?