Interviewee ID: 990295
Parent's name: Nyamaa
Year of Birth: 1974
Notes on education:
Work: herder; myangant herder
Born in: Saihan sum, Bulgan aimag
Lives in: Saihan sum (or part of UB), Bulgan aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090743A with Batchuluun
A herder of Saihan sum, Bulgan aiamg, owner of 1000 head of livestock (myangat malchin).
Many relatives and the children of Lamjav guai (see interview 090102; interviewee 990080) gave interviews in our project and one of them is N. Batchuluun. The interviews of the many family relatives of Lamjav guai is an interesting aspect of the 20th century Mongolian oral history study. It is very interesting to trace by one family’s developmental history the oral Mongolian history of the socialist period, its end, and the democratic period.
Nyamaagiin Batchuluun is the child of the younger sister of Lamjav, Divaasüren (interview 090764A, interviewee ID 990362), who has given an interview for our project. Batchuluun has eight brothers and sisters. He is the seventh child of the family. He has one older brother and five older sisters. He has one younger brother and two younger sisters. He went to school in 1983 and in 1989 he quit the school to tend livestock. He lives in the second bag of Ugalz bag of Saihan sum, Bulgan aimag. In 1997 he got married and since 1997 he has been living in a place called Suuj.
In 1989 at the beginning of various talks about reform and restructuring the thing called democracy appeared. A group of some grave people appeared and they organized meetings and demonstrations and he had thought these people were going to fight each other. He also heard from the mouths of the people that the collectives and the society were going to be broken up. In the end he saw the result of democracy. Every person has acquired private property and those who could work well lived well, and those who couldn’t became poor. He understood it was a result of democracy that a time has come to live well if you could labor well. Since the democratic time the main resource for life for the countryside herders is their livestock. He compared the herders’ work during the socialist period and their living conditions with the present day.
He also talked about tending livestock after he had been demobilized and how he became the owner of 1000 of head of livestock. Now he owns 100 mares. He thinks to make a feast for 100 foals in the next summer.