Behter or Bekter (Mongolian: Бэхтэр[a]; died 1180) was the son of Yesugei, chief of the Kiyad clan, and a junior wife named Sochigel or Suchigu in some sources and Ko'agjin in others. He was also half-brother of Genghis Khan, then known as Temujin. On the death of Yesugei, Temujin, his mother Hoelun, his siblings and two half-brothers (including Behter, Belgutei and their mother Sochigel) were abandoned by their tribe and left to fend for themselves. Living off the land, they managed to survive. However, the older half-brothers deprived 14-year-old Temujin and his brother Qasar of their spoils. Temujin and Qasar stalked and killed Behter, for which they were scolded by their mother Hoelun.
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- ^ Compare Khalkha Mongolian бэх "firm, strong" < Proto-Mongolic *bekü "firm, hard, solid; fighter, strong man"; compare Proto-Turkic *bek "firm, solid, stable" or Khalkha *böke "wrestler"
- ^ Starostin, Dybo, & Mudrak. (2003) Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages "Proto-Mongolian root *bekü"
- ^ Clauson, Gerard (1972). An Etymological Dictionary of Pre-13th Century Turkish. Oxford University Press p. 323
- ^ Starostin, Dybo, & Mudrak. (2003) Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages "Proto-Turkic root *böke"
- ^ "ДОКУМЕНТЫ->МОНГОЛИЯ->СОКРОВЕННОЕ СКАЗАНИЕ МОНГОЛОВ->ПУБЛИКАЦИЯ С. А. КОЗИНА 1941 Г.->ГЛАВЫ I-III". www.vostlit.info. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- ^ Weatherford, Jack (2004). Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. p. 19.
- ^ The Secret History of the Mongols 75-76, p.22-23. Translated by Francis Woodman Cleaves, 1982.