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Published on Mar 30, 2018
The interpreter's English translation provided during this interview is potentially incomplete and/or inaccurate. If you are not fluent in Tibetan, please refer to the interview transcript for the complete and correct English translation. Read the interview transcript in English at http://tibetoralhistory.org/Interview...
** This interview about life in Tibet was conducted by the Tibet Oral History Project. This non-profit organization aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people by interviewing elderly Tibetan refugees about life in Tibet before and after the Chinese invasion. Learn more at http://www.TibetOralHistory.org.
** Interview Summary: Dolma was born in Morong in Kham into a samadok 'farmers and herders' family. She describes the self-sufficient life that they led; the farm and animals provided them with food and clothing. She says that yak hair; sheepskin and wool were used to make belts, shoes, bags, clothes and tents. Milk products were bartered for grains within the community if needed. Only salt was sought from outside of the village. Dolma enjoyed playing with other children while grazing animals during summertime but winter was difficult with rain and snow. She gives us an account of the Losar 'Tibetan New Year' celebration, an occasion of singing and dancing for 10 days. Dolma enjoyed participating in the game of pugyuk 'children running' when all the children under age 15 visited each village family to receive special treats. Dolma also recalls watching cham 'religious dance performance by monks' and sings a song about the hills surrounding her hometown. Dolma married at age 22 and had one son. After the Chinese invasion villagers were denied religious freedom and forced to destroy the monasteries. She recounts that even a devotional butter lamp could not be lit nor could one be seen with rosary beads in hand.