Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

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Created: 2014-09-16 17:51
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: A day in a traditional Kalmyk family begins with the opening of the curtains to let light in, cooking breakfast, and attending to the family altar. It is usually the young bride's duty to wake up first, cook, look after the household, put offerings on the altar, and go to bed last. During the day every member of the family is assigned activities based on gender, age, and hierarchy. Men are supposed to be bread-winners, undertake physically demanding chores, and represent the family, whereas women and girls are expected to do domestic work. Before setting off on a long journey, Kalmyks visit their close relatives, or invite them home to perform a ritual called khaalg yoryallgn in order to secure a successful and safe journey. It is also forbidden to take out rubbish so as not to pollute the journey. Guests are treated with a cup of tea or tobacco and are expected to be seen off outside the flat or house. At dusk it is forbidden for women to visit other people's homes or even go out. Other activities that are discouraged in the evening are taking certain types of products, including milk, yoghurt, cheese, salt, and matches out of the house.

On this page, you can watch videos and listen to stories about daily activities in Kalmyk families, both traditional and modern.
 

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Anatoliy Dzhavinov, About Old Kalmyk Words

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Anatoliy bemoans that in Kalmykia journalists use simple, colloquial Kalmyk language in their writings and that people speak their native tongue wrongly. For example, the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 21 Aug 2018


Anna Antonova, Worship of the Home and Altar

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Anna teaches her children and grandchildren to always remember, visit, and care for their paternal house where they were born and brought up. It is a custom in her family to go to...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 18 May 2015


Anna Azvanova, About Traditional Upbringing

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As the saying goes, ‘I rich man is in his pocket, a poor man is in his soul’. In the olden days, people had many relatives. All relatives lived next to each other and helped each...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 19 Jul 2018


Baira Goryaeva, About Traditional Upbringing and Folklore

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Baira talks about traditional upbringing, prohibitions, songs and well-wishes.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 19 Sep 2018


Bulgun Lapsina, About Relations Between Kalmyks and Caucasians

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Bulgun says that Tersk Kalmyks spoke the languages of their Caucasian neighbours. She also recounts a story of a Kalmyk girl who was abducted by Chechens.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 11 Sep 2018


Bulgun Lapsina, About Terms of Kinship and Upbringing of Girls

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We call father dyaadya and mother baava. Even my uncle's wife called our father dyaadya. We called our maternal uncles aak. The eldest maternal uncle is ik aak (elder aak) and...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 19 Sep 2018


Bulgun Lapsina, About the Language of the Tersk Kalmyks

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Bulgun talks about some interjections, words and pronunciations peculiar to the dialect of the Tersk Kalmyks.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 11 Sep 2018


Bulgun Mankirova, Sanal Badmaev, A Kalmyk Language Club in Moscow

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The Club of the Kalmyk Language (Khal’mg kelnya klub) was founded in Moscow in 2013. In the first year the number of attendees, including children and grown-ups, was around 40....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 17 Aug 2017


Dzhidzha Araeva, About Kalmyk Tribes From the Volga Region

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Dzhidzha talks about tribes that live on the Volga, her husband’s clan affiliation and the Kalmyk tradition not to address relatives by their names. This is her story:
My husband...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 14 May 2018


Dzhidzha Araeva, Nomadic Life: Prohibitions, Daily Life and Hairstyles

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Dzhidzha says that children should not go out after sunset. It is also forbidden to cross one’s hands. Women and girls should not cross their hands behind their back, for this...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 14 May 2018


Evgeniy Dzhokhaev, Leonid Ochir-Goryaev, About the Kalmyk Language

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In this interview Evgeniy and Leonid, who are both livestock breeders, talk about the importance of knowing one’s native tongue.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 23 May 2017


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