Interviewee ID: 990159
Parent's name: Böh
Year of Birth: 1934
Notes on education:
Born in: Manhan sum, Hovd 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 090214B with Tsevelmaa
In the first part she shared her memories of her childhood. During the day she pastured the sheep and prepared the meal, tanned leather, gathered dried dung and firewood. In the summer she used to play the ‘casting white wood’ game and in winter she used to play the ‘horol’ game that had 12 years, with the sheep anklebones. In such a way she shared her childhood memories. Her two older brothers tended the collective cattle and they lived a good life, but now they have passed away. She mentioned that their children became herders.
She also talked about travelling for seven days with the people of her nutagt to see her brothers and sisters in the city. They came to the city and she followed her sister who worked at the wool washing factory. She got employed there, too. There weren’t a lot of children’s clothing and household goods therefore they used to make them. She also mentioned briefly about the salary, incentives and tax. She also talked about the relative of her father. She was an old woman and she died. Her soul came back home and her lama brother found a way to deal with it. Tsevelmaa was said to have a soul attached to her. Therefore her name was changed and one sheep was marked out as sacred and she was seated on a red goat. Then her ger was set up in a different place, but before it was fully erected, people passed through the opening between sections of the wall. In the evening salt and cedar were thrown on the fire. In this way the soul was chased away and the trace of it was left in the form of a red birthmark on the neck. She told such an interesting story.
At the end she briefly talked about her private life, her children, the Chinese, and her visit to Korea.