Daviijav


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990268
Name: Daviijav
Parent's name: Danvii
Ovog: Daivii Go
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1935
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: blank
Notes on education:
Work: house work, retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Tsenher sum, Arhangai aimag
Lives in: Tsenher sum (or part of UB), Arhangai aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder


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Summary of Interview 090634A with Daviijav


She was born in 1934. She is a livestock breeder and has no education. There are five children in the family. She was left completely orphaned at the age of eight.


In her childhood she was orphaned by her parents and was separated from her brothers and sisters. She lived with her relatives who scolded and beat her. She did work beyond her strength. She had a few chances to meet her brothers and sisters and then she never saw them again. Then she went to her father’s younger brother who was a very kind person with many livestock. He always used to call her ‘my daughter’ and he said, “I will set up a ger for my daughter’. He took care of his older brother’s parents. He has left everything to her.


One day, the collective cut off the mares’ halters in the tethering place and took away the foal with the stallion leaving us with several horses. They took away 30 young male animals from the flock of sheep and the rest they have driven away. But she begged them to leave the cows and she said, ‘Let me milk my cows and let me join the collective’. She became a milkmaid and her husband a cow herder. For raising all the young livestock she was rewarded with one suitcase, silk for a deel and 300 tögrögs. In order to feed her 13 children she milked the collective mares and sewed in the central settled places. Her children have akll acquired vocations. She thinks the cultural campaign were conducted in the 1960s. With no detergents and no soap they boiled soda on the fire, scraping the dust from the wooden poles with chopping knives. They washed the smoke-hole cover of the ger all night through. They wiped the toono piling up wood on the stove. They had a serious task to have three changes of bed sheets and two chairs for a person. She was given a certificate where she has been exalted as a cultured person and mother of many children.