Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990029
Name: Perenlii
Parent's name: Begzjav
Ovog: Borjigid
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1926
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: none
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Erdene sum, Govi-Altai aimag
Lives in: Bayangol sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: [blank]
Father's profession: [blank]

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work; herding / livestock; cultural campaigns; family; travel;

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parents; children; socialism; collectivization; cultural campaigns; dairy products; repression;

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Summary of Interview 080608A with Perenlii

Perenlii was the youngest daughter in her family. She spent her childhood in Chandman sum where her father was its first darga. Her mother died when Perenlii was thirteen. Perenlii did not go to school. She is married and has nine children. Most of her working life she worked in a collective farm as a shepherd. When her husband suffered from a stroke, she took him with her and moved to Ulaanbaatar to join their grown-up children. For mothering many children, Perenlii was awarded the medal of the Mother Hero of the 1st and 2nd categories.

In the interview she discusses many topics: her childhood memories, her family, the cultural campaigns, her life as ashepherd, just to mention few. Her childhood memories include the following: people did not eat meat in summer, she learned to read and write by looking at her older brothers, during the repression lamas were arrested and life was very hard for many ordinary people. She also remembers the cultural campaigns well. Back then cultural inspectors used to inspect everything in the ger, from people to furniture. Herders were also encouraged to learn to eat vegetables. She says that during the collectivisation her parents were among the first people to join a collective farm. For his activity, her father was appointed as the first darga of Chandman sum. When Perenlii grew up and joined a collective farm herself, she had hard times. She struggled to fulfil her milk quota and look after 500 sheep while mothering many children. What she remembers from that time is that she was always tired. In her view, the collective farm gave nothing good to her.