I spend a week with Mongolian nomadic people. Here are my thoughts
Staying in the wild
Wanderers have tactical days. Every early morning, they need to bleed the cows, and also bottle-feed the goat children and also lambs (I liked that!). Every night, they need to bring the herds from the steppes. Hongkong, the basic handyman, instructed me some words to lead them back. So there I got on the steppes, stick in hand, bringing the herd back to the yurt. It is unbelievable just how words alone can lead them back! I felt I had actually in some way touched the Mongolian spirit in some distant edge of eastern Mongolia.
I enjoyed this experience, it actually touched my spirit. We were all weeping when we left. I guaranteed I would certainly go back to see them eventually as well as I actually wish to do so.
Wanderers reside in yurts. They walk around 4 times a year usually, as soon as each period. In the summer season, they clear up as close as feasible to a water resource (lake, river …). We existed in springtime (the child period in the animal globe).
My friend as well as I were fortunate adequate to be able to live among the wanderers for a week! Let me inform you regarding it …
We helped them to count the herd as they require additional hands to do this. They needed to be introduced to a unit and after that revived out, one at a time with an entrance, to be counted. Arya informed us there were 780 pets, consisting of goats as well as lamb.
Tuya, the partner, revealed to us exactly how to make some regular recipes, such as mutton steamed dumplings. We made use of it to aid her chef daily, attempting our ideal to connect with her. Neither Tuya, neither her spouse Arya talked English. Simply a couple of words, so we attracted images and also came to be professionals at comedians!
Wanderers, even though they normally all have motorcycles today, still utilize semi-wild steeds. These steeds reside in quasi-feral herds on the steppes. The wanderers bring them in each early morning for the day’s job as well as launch them at night. This takes place every day.
That week was an extraordinary experience for me. Cut off from the remainder of the globe, without network, no information, no SMS … Nonetheless, they did have a photovoltaic panel as well as a dish antenna! We saw Style Week: it was funny offered the inequality: our hosts remained in a typical gown and also the females on the display were putting on brief skirts as well as high heels!
The kids vanish to the institution. Throughout the week they live away from their moms and dads. Education is required up until the age of 16. Afterward, they can select to remain at an institution or go back to the life of their moms and dads. There is a brand-new generation of trainees today. It rests astride the conventional way of living as well as the modern-day globe.