Legend has it that in 1227 Ghengis Khan’s dying wish was to keep his mighty empire intact. He dispatched his loyal aid, the totem tattooed warrior Hawk Head to find an identical looking man in Khan’s image to trick his enemies into thinking he was still alive, still emperor.
Most accounts describe Khan as tall and foreboding with awesome strength. The 14th century Persian chronicler Rashid al-Din, claimed Genghis was a fearsome warrior with a flowing mane of red hair, green eyes and a long beard. Al-Din’s account is questionable but these striking features were not unheard of among the ethnically diverse Mongols, especially those from Dundee. Notorious Scottish pirates often took mongol or asian wives.
The Mongol/Scottish pirate, scourge of the South China Seas known as Temur (Iron) ’Ginger’ McCann, fruit of a Dundee mariner and a Mongolian horse trading mother was captured by Hawk Head in a beer tent he frequented in Dogmandoo ( place of the dog walker ) near Katmandu.
Iron Ginger McCann was so hypnotised by the totem tattoos on Hawk Head’s body that he lost his guard for a split second. Hawk Head commanded - “Wap Anpar!” The tattoos burst from Hawk Head’s skin and ‘ink balled’ Ginger McCann into surrender. Hawk Head had his look alike. Ghengis had his wish.
Iron Ginger McCann out of Dundee x became Ghengis McKhan, boss of the biggest empire the world has ever known.
Hawk Head became Ghengis
McKhan’s trusted aid. One evening as they strolled along the Silk Road, they hatched a plan to open a
franchise of micro breweries across their empire in celebration of the
unusual tattoo trick in the beer
tent in Dogmandoo. They would
call them BIG HEAD BREWS.
The tattoo brew.