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Maria Pozharova, about traditional women

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Maria says that in the past at weddings people sang a special song to make the bride sob. It was believed that sobbing at her wedding would make her married life happy. Today, in contrast, people stopped singing such songs, and even if they sing, brides do not react to it in the slightest. In the past a married woman could not show herself to her husband’s older relatives without covering her hair. She also could not walk in front of them barefoot. Today, in contrast, girls and women wear tight trousers.



Women, rules

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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Sponsored by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin