About this collection

Torghuts in Inner Mongolia largely concentrate in two places: Ejene banner and Hohhot. Numbering about 2,000, Torghuts in Ejene are descendants of a 500-person mission sent from Kalmykia to Tibet in 1698 but failed to return due to the Qing-Jungar war. In the 1930s, the banner became a major destination of the Khalkha refugees from the Mongolian People's Republic, resulting in wide-scale inter-marriages and cultural fusion of the two Mongolian communities. Having lost many of their best knowledge-bearers, in recent years, they have been on the fore-front of cultural revitalisation, promoting themselves as the world-centre of Oirat culture, which is the umbrella culture of the Kalmyk/Torghuts.

Hohhot is home to some Oirat/Torghut intellectuals from Xinjiang and Ejene. In recent years, young Oirats from Xinjiang have been streaming to universities in Hohhot for classical Mongolian-medium education.

Recent Submissions

  • Dashichoiling Temple 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Burjigin; Burunsain, Borjigin; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-08-06)
    The video is about the history of Buddhist monasteries in Ejine and the regular activity of the Dashchoilin Monastery.Gunga used to be an administrative lama in Baruun Süm (western monastery or Janchuvnamjil Monastery) for ...
  • Daily Life of An Ejnee Torghut Herding Family 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-07-07)
    Bolor is a Halh, and his wife Tsetseg is a Torghut. They have about 20,000 mu rangeland which they have fenced into three sections for herding about 500 goats and about 15 cows in different seasons. Tsetseg says that they ...
  • An Ejnee Torghut Family 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-07-05)
    This video features a herding Torghut family with a house at the Ejine banner centre. Batuzandan is a painter who paints Torghut patterns on furniture. His wife Tsetseg looks after their sheep and goats. Their son, who ...
  • Alasha Torghut Wrestling, Obog Names, and Other Matters 

    Bulag, Uradyn E. (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-07-21)
    Orshil claims that he is one of the descendants of Galdan Boshugt Khan. In this interview, he mentions several new Oirat surnames that have emerged in Bayan Nurgan: Jin (金) for Ööld, Yangjia (杨家) for Hoid, Sijia (四家) for ...

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