Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DERBET)

Created: 2014-09-10 11:26
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: The Oirats, ancestors of the Kalmyks, participated in the campaigns of Chinggis Khan and his descendants as military units. There is a widespread view among Kalmyk scholars that the names of these units turned later into various ethnonyms such as Derbet (cavalry), Torghut (guards of the khan's residence), and Khoshud (vangard units).
The Derbets of Kalmykia are the descendants of those, who together with other Oirat tribes, came to the Volga region from Dzungaria at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. The Derbet consists of various clans, including Abaganer, Chonos, Sharyad, Sharnut, Tadzhiut, Tsoros, Tugtun, Kharnut, Merkit, Kereit, Batut, Khoit, Khoshud, Tarachin, Sokhad, Tsaatan, Khazakh, Telegit, and others. Today the Derbets live in compact groups in the northern part of Kalmykia.
On this page you can watch videos about the Derbet, their constituent clans, stories, legends, and much more.
 

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Ais Sandzhiev, Legend About the Nornyakhn Clan

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One of Ais’ ancestors was a big and strong man who weighed about 100 kilos. When in 1771 the Kalmyk Ubashi khan led the Kalmyks back to Dzungaria, people of the Tsagan Nur region...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DERBET)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 30 Apr 2015


Galina Yavanova, About the Bogdakhin Clan

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Galina talks about the history of the Bogdakhin clan. The Dalai Lama V and the Panchen Lama IV gave the Kalmyk people a mobile temple as a present. When the temple was brought to...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DERBET)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 25 Sep 2015


Galina Yavanova, Legends of the Bogdakhin Clan

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According to a legend, the Dalai Lama V and the Panchen Lama IV gave the Kalmyk people a mobile temple as a present. A group of Kalmyks (who were founders of the Bogdakhin clan)...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DERBET)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 25 Sep 2015


Lidzhi Amikov, A Legend About the Origins of Ik, Dund and Bag Khurul

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The Ik Khurul (Big Temple) was situated in the village of Arshan’-Zel’men’, the Dund Khurul (Middle Temple) in the village of Khanata and Ungn Teryachi, and the Bag Khurul (Small...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DERBET)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 May 2016


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