Dzhidzha Araeva, About Kalmyk Tribes From the Volga Region

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Dzhidzha talks about tribes that live on the Volga, her husband’s clan affiliation and the Kalmyk tradition not to address relatives by their names. This is her story: My husband is from a place called Shambay. He is either Khoshut or Kharakhus, in terms of his clan affiliation. I am Kereit, and we live on the Volga river. My husband and I are from different tribes. Hence, we are not relatives. In general, Kalmyks are respectful towards their relatives. We do not call our relatives by their names. For example, we address maternal relatives as nagtsnr.

Volga, tribes, addressing people
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