Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990153
Name: Lhagvaa
Parent's name: Luvsan
Ovog: Harchin
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1932
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Tsagaanhairhan sum, Zavhan aimag
Lives in: Chingeltei sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder

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Summary of Interview 090211B with Lhagvaa

In the beginning of the interview he talked about working at the Traffic police and he briefly introduced his family members.

In the olden times we often used to get flour and rice from China but in the socialist period the majority of consumer goods were provided from Russia. The Russian stores worked according to a special identification card. When he was a small kid in the countryside, he lay on the road where the truck had just passed and smelled the petroleum and it was very interesting for him. From 1958, 1959 the small green airplanes AN-2 with 8, 12 passengers’ seats started to deliver post from the aimag centre to the sum centre. When he first came to Ulaanbaatar all the production and service were managed by the Chinese. The horse carts played the role of public transportation. In this way he talked of the differences of the city and the countryside.

At the end of the interview he concluded that though we have obtained freedom thanks to democracy and there are many positive sides to it, the privatization was conducted in the wrong way and it was a chief error. During the socialist period religion was prohibited but the people had the sutras read in secret. A few lamas resided in Gandan monastery. He briefly talked about the changes in the funeral rituals.