Interviewee ID: 990303
Parent's name: Dari
Year of Birth: 1925
Notes on education:
Born in: Höh saari sum, Baruun Altai aimag
Lives in: Zaamar sum (or part of UB), Töv aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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authority; military; democracy; funerals; herding / livestock;
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military service; foreign relations; member of collective; herder; work - labor; authority; privatization; funeral rituals; technology;
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Summary of Interview 090807B with Zundui
At the beginning of the interview Zundui narrates how, until the start of the democratic transition, he was sent to work from Bayan-Ölgii aimag to Töv aimag’s Zaamar sum to herd cross-bred sheep. At that time Zaamar was a well developed agricultural collective that raised sheep for wool production. He mentions that as a consequence of the democratic movement the livestock was privatized, social discipline and behaviour suffered from moral disintegration and unemployment has become rife. During socialism the unemployed were forced to work on fixing fences for sheep and digging wells.
During the mid-interview he talks about people who possessed authority, development of technology and international relations. Also, he talks about how during 1962-63 there was a conflict on the western borders of Mongolia, about his military service in 1947 as well as interesting stories about the political situation during that time.
Towards the end of the interview he talks about funeral rituals, how for example Dörvöd people would carry the deceased person in a truck to a funeral place then would dump the corpse while still driving and would never look back and how funeral rituals have transformed since then.