Sanal Sandzheev, How to Be a Proper Kalmyk
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Terbish, B., & Churyumova, E. (2018). Sanal Sandzheev, How to Be a Proper Kalmyk [Video file]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.23812
In this short interview, lama Sanal talks about values and traditional rules that Kalmyks should follow in his opinion.Question: How should modern Kalmyks behave in order to carry with dignity the name of Buddhism and that of their nation? Sanal: People should learn and speak their native tongue. I too did not speak Kalmyk until recently. Of course, those who speak fluently would know that my Kalmyk is not perfect. But people should try to use Kalmyk words as often as they can. Young people should show respect to older people. Children should respect their parents, and the believers respect lamas. Education should start at home. When older people enter the room, young people should stand up and greet them. Older people should be addressed as ta (a respectful form of ‘you’). Out of 1000 married couples 700 divorce, which means we need to do something about it. No matter what, our parents are the most important people for us. We also should put offerings to gods on our domestic altars. In short, people should follow their traditions and domestic rules.
Tradition, Kalmyk, identity
Sponsored by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
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