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A Hobogsair Torghut in Ejnee



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Bulag, Uradyn E. 


Balma was born in Hobosair but came to Ejine with her uncle and other two families when she was very young. She says that she did not know where they were heading to and why. The only thing that she remembers is that they called themselves “Tsagachin Torghud” (immigrant Torghuts). She is currently an urtiin duu singer and a heritage inheritor of the Savardan dance in Ejine. They first ended up in Subei where they suffered greatly. She remembers that one day when she was herding sheep with her aunt, hundreds of mounted soldiers dressed in green uniforms surrounded them and they broke all the useful things in their home warning them to leave the place within three days or they would be killed. One of their relatives living in Ejine brought them to Ejine and gave them 30 sheep and a yurt. She herself was adopted to another person in Ejine who had two daughters. In her life story, she says that she somewhat remembers her mother telling her to come back to Hobogsair after finding a good husband in Ejine, but she regrets that she has never had a chance to go back for forty years. She got married to a Halh man in 1955, a marriage to which her mother never gave her consent because the Torghuts had a discriminatory attitude towards the Halh at the time saying Ehni eljigen Torghut, adagin üher Halh (The Torghuts are the best of donkeys while the Halh are the worst of cattle). She says that at her wedding, lots of Halh people came to see an Ehni Torghut girl.



Ejine banner, Hobogsair torghuts, Tsagachin Torghud, Subei county, Urtiin Duu, Savardan dance, culture heritage

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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