Interviewee ID: 990056
Parent's name: Choisüren
Ovog: Tsagaan Shilt
Year of Birth: 1958
Notes on education:
Work: history teacher
Born in: Tsetseg sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: passed away
Father's profession: passed away
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Summary of Interview 081105B with Narantsetseg
Through the influence of her grandfather, Narantsetseg became a Buddhist and she hid her faith during the socialist period and so she didn’t face such problems as conflict with society and being reppressed. She said, “Some dargas of the socialist period had a piety inside. After getting married I lived in Zuragt. Close to us there used to live a very prophetic man called Chimgee ah. The moment it became dark vehicles with red numbers, the Central Committee people, used to visit him and ask things and were taught the correct path and they left.” One thing that she loathed the most in socialist society was the prohibition of the celebration of the national holiday tsagaan sar. In socialist times tsagaan sar was made into the ‘herders’ holiday’ and it was allowed to celebrate it only in the countryside. She was raised in the countryside and her most favorite holiday was tsagaan sar. Later, when she worked, just when they wanted to celebrate her old mother’s tsagaan sar, at the eve of tsagaan sar a meeting was announced at work. On the first day of tsagaan sar the officials at work registered the workers and in such a way they used to be persecuted. Also, in the socialist time the consumer goods were rare, therefore everything was concealed and there was speculation.
She also said that both the schoolchildren and the teachers of the socialist society had few opportunities to develop freely and enhance their capacities. For instance, the teachers, whether they had new initiatives to improve their work or not, whether they worked well or poorly all got the same salary. But today there are such changes like teachers do not have any kind of ideological suppression, there is the possibility to develop oneself and salary is according to ability.