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Ivan Mengleev, About Children's Games

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Ivan talks about a game with ankle bones and explains how to make playing balls from cow’s hair: Ankle bones are smooth on one side, and not so on the other. In the past, to dye them red, people boiled a herb called ‘goose feet’ and put ankle bones into the water. One ankle bone was chosen, and it was ground flat on a stone. Then a small hole was made inside it which was filled with lead to make it heavier. This ankle bone was used in a game where players took it and hit with it other ankle bones that were arranged in a line. The players each took the ankles bones they hit. People also made balls from cow’s hair by rolling it in their hands and applying saliva. Such balls were strong.



Games, ankle bones, balls

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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