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  • Lidzhi Amikov, Name Giving 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Lidzhi talks about the power of personal names. He contends that people’s fate depends on their names. When his granddaughter was born, Lidzhi wanted to name her Amulanga (meaning ‘Calm’), because he saw this name in his ...
  • Larisa Shoglyaeva, Rituals Connected with Children 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    In this interview Larisa talks about the following topics: how people celebrated the birth of their children, what rituals were performed when a 1-year old child could not walk; a ritual of the first haircut; and name ...
  • Larisa Shoglyaeva, About Babies and Pregnant Women 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Larisa says that in Kalmyk culture there is special respect towards pregnant women. For example, it is forbidden to upset or say bad words to them. In the past, women tried to keep an eye on the health of their daughters-in-law ...
  • Irina Lidzhieva, Rituals connected with children 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Irina talks about name giving practices and the ritual of the first haircut. About name giving. When a child is born, the parents should give their own parents a gift and ask them to say a well-wish. In their turn, the ...

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