Interview Age: 75
Date of Birth: 1935
Birthplace: Seralung, Utsang, Tibet
Year Left Tibet: 1959
Profession: Dairy Farming, Farming
Political Prisoner: No
Interview No.: 58M
Location: Doeguling Settlement, Mundgod, Karnataka, India
Categories: Culture and History
Keywords: childbirth, childhood memories, clothing/weaving, customs/traditions, marriage practices, nomadic life, Utsang
Tendol was the second youngest child in a family of 13 children. She grew up grazing cows and sheep from the age of 10. She learned to milk, make cow dung cakes, spin wool and weave woolen cloth. She talks about how she spent her days fetching water, performing various household chores and reciting a few prayers learned from her mother.
Tendol shares the story about her marriage at the age of 21. Both her parents had passed away by then and her brother arranged a marriage for her. With one day's notice she was married to a man she had never seen before. She moved into his house and performed similar chores as she had done in her parents' home. She relates her experience of her first child birth and the social customs related to the birth of a child.
- Rebecca Novick (Interviewer)
- Ronny Novick (Videographer)
- Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)