Interviewee Profile

Name: Chungla
(Alias: No)

Gender: Female

Interview Age: 83

Date of Birth: 1934

Birthplace: Dhonga - Sakya, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1960

Profession: Farming

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 7U

Date: 2017-04-05

Language: Tibetan

Location: Sakya Tibetan Settlement, Puruwala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Categories: Culture and History

Keywords: clothing/weaving, customs/traditions, farm life, marriage practices, Utsang, wealthy/upper class


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.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)
  • Tenzin Choenyi (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Chungla on 4/5/2017

Length: 00:46:25

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