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Ivan Ulyumdzhiev, sayings about the Ulduchin

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Ivan explains a Kalmyk saying about the village of Uldyuchin: ‘If you are planning to die, go to Uldyuchin’. This saying has the following story. Once upon a time, two Torghut men set out on a journey to Stavropol to sell salt. On the way one of them got very sick and decided to say in Uldyuchin where the locals looked after him well. When the man died, the locals buried him properly with all required honors. Since then people in Kalmykia say that ‘if you are planning to die, go to Uldyuchin’.



Uldyuchin village, saying, death

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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