Interviewee ID: 990433
Parent's name: Gendenjav
Year of Birth: 1947
Notes on education:
Born in: Tsetserleg sum, Hövsgöl aimag
Lives in: Mörön sum (or part of UB), Hövsgöl aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 091038A with Tsedensodnom by Sarantsetseg
G. Sodnomtseden was born in 1947 in Hövsgöl aimag’s Tsetserleg sum. After completing the fourth grade he left school to engage in such activities at the collective as driving herds, taming horses, and preparing firewood. In 1976 he became a construction worker for the building and construction unit at the town of Tosontsengel in Zavhan aimag and worked there for 9 years. After that he worked as a lumberman at Tarialan sum’s wood preparation factory and after the democratic changes he moved to Tsetserleg sum and since the he had been raising the cattle he acquired through privatization. He lost all his livestock during 2000 zud, moved to the center of Hövsgöl aimag and started working as a private contractor for construction until his eventual retirement.
In the beginning part of the interview he talks about his parents and his own life. He also talks about his years as a secondary school student and the behavior of children at that time. In those days children, apart from playing with stones and knuckle bones, also had sleighs that were imported from Russia. He remembers how there was talk about many lamas being shot during the repressions in a valley behind Mörön and he feels sorry about the fact that many brilliant minds were persecuted. He briefly mentions the processes of collectivization, lifestyle and work ethic during socialism.
In the middle part he talks about industrialization, coworkers, the relationships between management and subordinates, the work and life of factory workers and labor unions. He also talks how during privatization the head of the collective punched his blue stock certificate and made it ineffective and how he never understood the details of it.
Towards the end he talks about the environment, how common people interacted with foreign countries during socialism, state policies towards family and how funeral rituals changed over the years.