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Sangadzhi-Garya Dzhekiev, About Camels

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Sangadzhi-Garya reminisces about the camels that he saw in his childhood. Requiring no care or supervision, camels grazed by themselves. Since their tongues are hard, they could eat prickles. When on heat, they became dangerous. A male camel could bite a female until she lay down. Males also turned aggressive when females gave birth. Males spat, attacked, and could even trample people. Camel’s hair falls off by itself. Nomads did not have to cut it. Young camel babies cried when they were hungry. It was only after suckling their mothers’ milk that they calmed down.



Camels, memory

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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