17 August Saturday Phil Hooper
Standard meal is past 2 days meat (beef), rice, potato,
instant coffee. At
dinner drank mares milk (Eriq), followed by vodka (Erkh)
which is distilled, fermented yogurt.
Custom : Children cook
meals- starting as young as 6 years old; parents do not cook.
Land In past no private ownership- soon where your
house is will become your private land- After fall of 2002 will
have to pay for land- but still will have open grazing- no
Animals saw no wild horses; horses have many
descriptions including based on age, teeth, color, etc; saw yak
big hairy dog look; - 2 hump camels, sheep, goats & a
Visit to temple monks chanting, burning incense
quite friendly allowed to walk around.
The public approach a monk with a problem the monk
refers to a text, which is one long sentence in a collection of
metal prayer pages he writes down the prayer the rest of
the day other monks chant that prayer for the person.
Buddhism kindness, no anger, no stealing, acceptance,
monogamy. Al asked
monk to advice to him response was each individual should
find his/her own path in life.
Carol invited to join ceremony of scarf sharing
occurred when chanting & bell ringing & drum beating hit
a peak. Paul went
for a jog in the woods/mountain got stinging nettle on his leg.
_ Local person had him drink fresh mares milk and pour over
Bus is hot; opens doors when driving; driver left parking
break on & smoked up bus had to stop.
Private show after dinner 13 piece orchestra;
contortionist; throat singer; Native American-like (Kachina-like)
Politics positive toward Russia freedom from old
enemies China & Japan- comfortable with communism
never had private land ownership.
Ger = yurt=home/
Mongolia is a big hit
we loved today but winter temp gets to 90F.
People move ger from summer to winter spot mostly to
get out of wind. If
today the best of the trip then whole trip worth it.
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