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This video features a grey horse known as a descendant of Mazana Maral Chikin Bor (Heroic Mazan's grey horse) which is believed the breed that came back from the Volga with the Torghuts in 1771. As the video shows, the grey horse won the horse race during an oboo worshipping ceremony in Bayanbulag. This proves the superiority of the breed over other local horses in Bayangol.
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White meat sausage or tsagaan mah is made with sheep diaphragm, reticulum, and oesophagus stuffed into the intestine.
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This video shows the Shar Süm (yellow monastery) and the interview of an elderly Torghut pilgrim called Nudai. The yellow monastery, built between 1878 – 1888 during the reign of the 14th Torghut Khan Buyantsogt, is the biggest monastery of the Old Southern Road Torghuts. It was designated a national key cultural relics conservation centre in 2013. Nudai is the mother of one of the lamas in the monastery.
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Tömörbatu became a herder after completing his primary school education. A few years later, he studied computer science in Inner Mongolia for two years, and during this period he travelled all over Inner Mongolia with his friends, and collected many books. After returning to Hobogsair, he opened a bookstore called ‘Spirit of Jungaria’ but he soon changed his mind and started a studio called Tsetsen Döröö where he basically designed and printed cards and recorded wedding and other public events. In the video, he criticises the Torghuts for their alcoholism and excessive consumerist habits. As a result of his public campaign, and supported by Shalva Gegen, the religious leader in Hobogsair, the county government passed a resolution in 2012 banning alcohol in public space.
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This video is about the process of catching horses as demonstrated by Sükhe and his neighbours who use their handmade lassoes to catch a mare with its foal in their summer farm. As Sükhe says, he often gives his young son horse milk to drink as it is believed to have healing properties.
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‘1771 Band’ is a modern music band which was established in 2009 by five young Torghuts. 1771 signifies the Torghut Return from the Volga in 1771 and the 7 music notes. They released their debut album in 2001. They play, in this video, their theme song “The return of the Torghuts”.
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The video shows the daily tasks undertaken by a Torghut herder family. Purvei says that heavy snow plus unusual cold climate has forced them to feed animals this winter. They need to gather sufficient hay plus corn stalks and maize for this purpose. Purvei and his wife Torgon feed their cows with cornstalks in the morning, and take snow with a plastic bag to the sheepfold for weak sheep. Since there is no water source in their winter farm, snow is the way they get water. Torgon also melts snow to make water for washing.
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Torghut New Year bread, as shown in the video, is made into various shapes which carry different meanings. Together with their relative Tsagaan, Torgon and Nansalma are making new year bread for their married son to take to his own home, but he does not care much about the tradition. They think that traditional bread should not be absent from a new year celebration.
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Depending on the condition of sheep’s fatness, herders start shearing sheep wool from early June to August. After shearing, sheep are marked with a paint so as to make them easy to differentiate from neighbours’ sheep. Herders usually knit the wool into big balls.
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Tursun makes various craftwork in his spare time. As explained in the video, he makes plates (tebsh) with tree roots, cattle skin wine kettle, milk wine brewing tools and wooden miniature objects for younger generations to remember what they are used for.
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