research data . Film . Audiovisual . 2020

Life and Customs of Alasha Torghuts

Bulag, Uradyn E.;
Mongolian
  • Published: 21 Feb 2020
  • Publisher: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Bürentegüs was a retired border police (hiliin tsagdaa) in Alasha. He was mostly responsible for preventing people from fleeing to Mongolia. In this video, he confirms the existence of three categories of Torghuts in Alasha - Ariin Torghud, Shiliin Torghud and Höh Guyin Torghud, but insists that they are all same, distinguished only by where they live. He also talks about Torghut customs in Alsha, saying that Torghuts in Bayan Nurgan practice strict exogamy. The locals have a saying: “Nagatstaigaa suuval nalaitla bayajna; zeetegee suuval zel hoosorno” – if you marry a maternal relative, you will get really rich; but if you marry a paternal relative, you will los...
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free text keywords: border police, Ariin Torghud, Shiliin Torghud, Höh Guyin Torghud, Torghut customs, exogamy
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