Maria Kamandzhaeva, Bortsg Varieties
Maria talks about different varieties of traditional biscuits called bortsg. Ingredients: flour, cow’s milk, butter, salt, sugar and vegetable oil. Bortsg varieties are as follows. Tselvg: it is a round shaped biscuit symbolizing the sun. Togsh: resembling a livestock shelter, this biscuit symbolizes the abundance of livestock. Shovun: in the shape of a bird, this biscuit symbolizes the coming of the spring. Moshkmr: it resembles twisted intestines of a sheep and symbolizes family unity. Zhola: this biscuit looks like a horse rein. It symbolizes longevity. Temyan: made in the shape of a camel, this biscuit symbolizes the abundance of camels. Shor: resembling a bayonet, it symbolizes the readiness to defend one’s family/clan from enemies. Khuts: made in the form of a sheep, this biscuit symbolizes the abundance of sheep. Kit: this biscuit resembles a part of a horse’s intestines and symbolizes the abundance of food. Ovrte togsh: it symbolizes an increase in the number of cattle. Khorkha: this biscuit symbolizes the abundance of livestock and fertility.