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Yuriy Nurdaev, A Legend About the Origin of the Baavin-Khar Clan

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Yuriy recounts a legend about the origin of his maternal lineage: This happened sometime in the 18th or 19th century, during the reign of tsar Paul I, when order in the Kalmyk land was being restored after the exodus of the Kalmyks to Dzungaria. A nobleman from Iki Tsokhur arrived at our settlement and stopped at the tent of the widow of our nobleman. He stayed there for a week or so and then left. After his departure, in 9 months the widow gave birth to a son, who was named Baavin Khar. That is how the Khoshut tribe acquired a new arvn (lineage) named after Baavin Khar. My mother is from this lineage.



Legend, Baavin-Khar

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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