Interviewee ID: 990078
Parent's name: Dash Norovmyadag
Year of Birth: 1950
Notes on education:
Work: treatment methodologist (?)
Belief: Buddhist, shamanism
Born in: Bulgan sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Nalaih sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: Fortune teller, bone-sett (Үзмэрч,бариач)
Father's profession: Tom Lama
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Summary of Interview 081212B with Tseren
The place where Tseren spent her childhood has a picturesque nature, big mountains, and a river called Bulgan. The local people sowed wheat, milled flower, and planted a variety of vegetables and berries, such as potatoes, chazargana, and watermelon. Her family had about five hundred livestock, including cows and racing horses. As herding and agricultural work required intensive labour, Tseren’s parents had ten families working for them. In return for their labour, her parents looked after them. Tseren recalls that her parents were hardworking and kind-hearted people who helped the poor.
Many people agree that the education system benefited from the cultural campaign. As education was an important matter, all children had to go to school. Thanks to the literacy improving campaigns, all people became literate. In the socialist period, life was peaceful, crimes rare, and people hardworking as well as polite. Also, people respected and protected nature. Russians, who lived in Mongolia, helped in the cultural campaign. In Tseren’s words, the cultural campaign had a positive impact on her. She recalls, ‘Russian women taught us how to use beddings, do ironing, do washing up, which soaps and washing powders to use’. She says, ‘During the cultural campaign the state used to come up with splendid ideas, the campaign affected all of us’.