Danzan Ravjaa, popularly known in Mongolia as the Fierce Drunken Lord of the Gobi, was an extraordinary polymath who authored hundreds of spiritual songs in Tibetan and Mongolian. He is remembered for his operetta called the Moon Cuckoo, which was performed throughout Mongolia until the early 20th century and is frequently interpreted as a critique of the Qing colonial presence in Mongolia. He travelled widely throughout Mongolia performing his works, and also founded a Buddhist center at Khamariin Khiid in the Gobi desert. A resurgence of interest in his story and legacy was heralded by the easing of religious restrictions in post-Soviet Mongolia. The end of communism in Mongolia resulted the unearthing of Buddhist texts, artifacts, and artworks that were kept hidden by successive generations of Ravjaa's followers who, since 1992, have worked toward rebuilding the Gobi settlement, contributing to a deeper understanding of religious practice in pre-communist Mongolia.