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Tibet Oral History Project: Interview with Chungla on 4/5/2017

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Published on Apr 13, 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: Chungla was born in 1934 in Dhonga near Sakya in Utsang Province. She had a large family and her father was the leader of the 100 families in the village. She was given away in marriage at the age of 18 to a man she had never met in a nearby village. Chungla was given new sets of clothing and she describes the headdresses the bride would receive from both her family and the groom’s family. Chungla’s in-laws grew peas, barley and mustard. She explains the process of extracting oil from the mustard seeds, which was used for both cooking and skincare. Despite being a wealthy family, there were no servants and the family members did all of the farm work themselves. They also wove and dyed their own cloth for making clothing. Chungla’s husband’s family feared being captured by the Chinese. Only half of them managed to flee while the other half never made it out of Tibet.

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