Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DAILY ACTIVITIES)

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 family 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 haalg 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, and salt, out of the house.
On this page you can watch videos and listen to stories about daily activities in Kalmyk families.

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Anna Antonova, Worship of the Home and Altar


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

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