Interviewee ID: 990121
Parent's name: Dashravdan
Ovog: Ih Merged
Year of Birth: 1952
Notes on education:
Born in: Erdenebulag sum, Hövsgöl aimag
Lives in: Bayanzürh sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090119A with Pürevdorj
Pürevdorj guai was born in 1952 in Erdenebulgan sum of Hövsgöl aimag and he went to the Enhtaivan collective school at the age of eight. In Hatgal he finished the fourth grade. He was demobilized in 1970 and from there he was appointed directly to the vocational school which he soon completed.
The children used to play setting up gers with stones and droppings and besides that they played clashing ice in winter until the deels were wet and frozen. The children’s upbringing directly depends on the parents, and at the present time the parents justify the actions of their children in a way that has a negative impact on their upbringing.
The state farms were financed by the state therefore they gave a higher salary than the collectives. The state farm members had no more than six head of private livestock while the collective member could have fifty head of private livestock.
Soap appeared after the state farms had been established and before that clothes and hair were washed with baking soda. The people bathed in the Egiin river in the summer time and in winter they didn’t bathe. The school children bathed once a week. At that time there were many lice and besides the fleas there used to be body-lice.
Television was first introduced in 1970 and it was very rare. Religion was strictly prohibited and the people worshiped secretly. The lamas lived a secular life and once they had been arrested, they came back after having been in jail.
The people didn’t undervalue their jobs, and if they were able to do the job they did it disregarding age, sex and qualification.
When democracy came, they said they would make Mongolia an Asian Tiger, but the society of today is totally different, said Pürevdorj guai.
The relations between the teachers and the parents were good and almost every week a meeting was organized. The children weren’t given money and sometimes they would collect their money to buy and eat condensed milk.