Interviewee ID: 990189
Parent's name: Batdelger
Year of Birth: 1930
Notes on education:
Belief: Buddhist? (Уламжлалт бурхны шашнаа)
Born in: Tögrög sum, Övörhangai aimag
Lives in: Songinohairhan sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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foreign relations ; funerals; travel; environment;
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Summary of Interview 090415B with Shiimaa
In the beginning of the interview she said that in the 1960s and the 1970s there were few buildings in the city and she mentioned that it was complicated and one had to ride many buses to get somewhere. She also talked about her family, the children and the nature and environment of Övörhangai aimag. Some of the rivers, like Hairgan are dried up and the summer conditions have become poor. There are great changes in the nature and environment but the herders’ living standard has improved and each family has electricity and television.
She mentioned the Russians and the Chinese who lived in Mongolia in the socialist period. She briefly mentioned her husband who went to Russia and he came back secretly with such scarce goods like combs and make-up. One of her children who studied in Russia used to take arhi and vacuum flasks to Russia.
At the end she briefly mentioned about the people in authority during socialism. She concluded that the democratic movement that flourished in Mongolia in the 1990s didn’t bring any changes into her life. She also mentioned the techniques and what kind of technological progress was introduced under socialism, and the changes in funeral rituals. In the olden days a piece of felt was spread under the dead and the body was put out in the open. She also mentioned that such felt was used to make saddle blankets so that it protected the horse back, therefore people often used to make such saddle blankets from this felt.