About this collection
This collection hosts interviews with Kalmyks who talk about Buzava, its constituent lineages, stories, legends and much more.
The Buzava is a sub-ethnic group of Kalmyks, which was formed later than others. They are descendants of the Kalmyk Cossacks in the Don region. According to some Kalmyk scholars, the ethnonym buzava derives from two words bu 'rifle' and zava 'showed' (i.e. 'those who showed rifles'), alluding to the military occupation of this group. There are other explanations as well.
The ethnic composition of the Buzava has been mixed, consisting of the following 'yasun' lineages: Baga-Bural, Baga-Tsookhor, Bargas, Bartskhas, Bisyankin, Burgud, Bushkhud, Cheslyankin, Zamud, Zalkhus, Kyuvyud, Iki Tshookhor, Kevtyul, Kyuures, Maanin Zet, Mangat, Merket, Mongol, Noogan Namchad, Nomchi, Nyar, Nyuursyud, Sokhad, Telyanken, Tugtun, Tyachud, Ukralachin, Uldechiner, Uchkyud, Kharada, Khoo Bukhas, Khotkhod Khoshud, Kood, Shavad, Shara Mongol, Sharyad, Khavchin, Shevnr, Tsarmud, Tsoros, Erketen, Bambar, Burut, Chonos, Keke-Nurinkhed, and others.
(Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2019-04-22)In the past girls were married away to distant places. One day, a man decides to pay his sister a visit, who lived in a place far away. Upon arriving at her house, he sees that his sister has a corner of her ear missing. ...