Oral Histories

Oral histories are stories about events that have taken place in the recent past or are still in the process of unfolding. Stories about the demolition of monasteries, the deportation of the Kalmyks in 1943, the subsequent return of the Kalmyks from exile, are a few examples. To this can be added hunting stories, encounters with malign spirits and many others.

Oral stories are usually narrated from the first person (i.e. I) by using unofficial language, which renders them more entertaining and believable.

Alexei Naranov, About a Temple, the Bagut Clan, and Lagan'