Interviewee ID: 990363
Parent's name: Sürenhor
Year of Birth: 1948
Notes on education:
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 090764B with Galdan
During the cultural campaigns each ‘ail’ was required to have 2-3 changes of bed sheets and the women bought the material and made them. As a result of this campaign people started to use blankets and paint the ger toono and firmly adhere to hygiene.
Religion was not allowed (literally: shut) then and the majority of people's Buddhist’s relics and scriptures were burned and destroyed. Some people concealed their relics in caves and children, having found them while grazing sheep, played with them.
The dead were buried in the open, and after the person has died he was kept at home for seven days and then he was buried. Later stone monuments became plentiful everywhere due to performing many funeral ceremonies and the graveyard is being expanded which has a negative impact on the environment.
Whether the water level has dropped, or it is to the people’s actions, the water supply is decreasing. The decrease in the number plants is related to the number livestock, Divaasüren guai thinks.
During the socialist period there was almost no divorce and these days people divorce or unite in a day. The number of fragile families has grown.
Divaasüren guai came to Ulaanbaatar to sell airag when democracy had just appeared. In order to marry her older son off she prepared a ger for him. She gave him a carpet as a gift. Today almost everyone gives a carpet as a gift at weddings and the families obtain enough extra carpets to open a carpet store.