Daughter of Nomads – PART 1

Here is the most loved, motivational yet simple story of ordinary Nomad girl.

Mongols established one of the greatest empires in history. Mongols are the people who come from Mongolia, a small nation of nomads who live in felt tents and ride horses.

People wonder how Mongols were able to establish one of the world’s greatest empires? Some say it was because of the leadership qualities of Chingiss Khaan, who was a leader of the Mongols. His generals were very skilled at conquering vast territories, but I would say that it was because of another reason. The nomadic upbringing of Mongolian children trained them to be the best warriors. The best way to understand this nomadic upbringing is to hear the story of one of the nomad children. That child was our writer’s beloved mother.


Meet Tseveen (tsay-vane)

Tseveen was born in 1933 in the village of Khankh, Mongolia. Khankh Village is located in the northern part of Mongolia in the province Khuvsgul, which is close to the Russian border. The northern part of Mongolia is considerably cooler than the south, and the winters there are long and cold.

Tseveen’s parents both came from nomad families, and her father and uncles were all herders. Nature depends on animals. Animals depend on plants, and so nomads move constantly looking for good grass for their sheep, goats, yaks, cows, horses and camels. They move about 4-10 times a year.

Tseveen’s father’s name was Dagva (dag-va) and her mother’s name was Lkhamsuren (lam-suren). Her father was born in 1988 her was born in 1903. Out of five children born to her parents, Tseveen was only one to survive beyond childhood. This was due dot only one to survive beyond childhood. This wave due not only to the lack of medical care but also to the harsh conditions of the 1930’s and 1940’s, with World War II raging in neighboring Russia. Tseveen remembers how one of her brothers died. He was a tall and healthy boy, but one winter afternoon, he got a very high fever and stayed in a bed for 2-3 days, and on the third evening, he passed away. Tseveen’s parents told their children not to cry or wail after he died since it would summon evil souls around their Ger.

That night, Tseveen’s parents and grandparents buried her brother in a small hill nearby, and the next day in the early morning, they moved to another winter camp even thought it was very cold outside and so not a good time for moving.

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Tseveen had long black hair, a small mouth, high cheekbones, small white teeth and happy, almond shaped black eyes. She very much liked babying her toys and playmates.

Tseveen wore a deel, knee length Mongolian traditional gown, sewn by her mother. It was fastened at the side and shoulder by small buttons and bound by wide cloth wrapped around the waist.

Tseveen lived in a ger. Ger is a wooden frame that covered with thick felt made by from sheep wool. Tseveen’s ger is small but comfortable places to live with her parents and during the wintertime, with baby goats and sheep all together.

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on Feb 15, 2019