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The ethnonym Khoshud is believed to have derived from the word khoshun 'tip of a weapon, beak, front part' and is related to the function of the vanguard units in the army of Chingis Khan. Today the Khoshud is the least populous among the four sub-ethnic groups in Kalmykia. They live in compact groups in the villages of Sarpa, Shorv, Altn Bulg, Shorvin Kets, Khosheudy, Altsyn-Khuta, and Kivz. A small number also lives in the village of Zunda-Tolga. The Khoshud consists of the following clans and lineages: Argud, Badgud, Dashakhin, Zaisang, Ketkermud, Kavshakhin, Karvdzhakhin, Luzung, Mongol, Merchikhin, Melshakhin, Maaga, Sagsag, Savgarmud, Khasgud, Khoshut, Kharakhin, Chonakhin, Sharad, Sharkakhin, Evyakin and Dermyakin.
(Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2016-05-01)Yuriy says that his ancestors lived in an aimag that belonged to Iki-Khoshud people. Iki-Khoshud means ‘Big Khoshud’ and the adjective ‘big’ was given to clans that were headed by the oldest sons of princes. Khoshuds, who ...
(Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2019-05-04)Sanal talks about Khoshuds in Kalmykia: I was born in Ketchenery. I am Khoshud from the Airgud clan. My mother is Zyungar from the Badmakhin clan. In Kalmykia, there are few Khoshuds, from three to five thousand in total. ...
(Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2018-06-02)Although Kalmyks came to Russia as Buddhists – in Mergen’s opinion – their Buddhist tradition was weak and relatively new. It is no accident that the lama Zaya Pandita visited the Kalmyk land twice. The word ‘kalmyk’ or ...