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Ivan Ulyumdzhiev, about the origin of the Ulduchin-Khoyt clan

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Ivan says the following: Despite being of a Khoyt origin, the Uldyuchin clan is today considered to be a part of the Bag-Derbet clan. After the Khoyts come to the Lower Volga, some of them settled among the Derbets, putting the foundation of the Uldyuchin clan. The Uldyuchin clan today consist of 23 arvn (lineages). The clan’s banner has the depiction of Daichin-Tengri (god of war) on one side and a flying bird holding a sword on the other. In Kalmyk the word ‘uldyuchin’ means ‘sword bearers’. When the Kalmyks were exiled in 1943-1956, the banner was kept by one old Uldyuchin woman who was exiled to Siberia.



Uldyuchin, clan, clan banner

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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