Milk Products

Orm (double cream), tosn (butter), shar tosn (melted butter), aarg (kumis or fermented mare’s milk), eezgya (cheese from sheep milk), and targ (fermented milk drink) are the most popular dairy products. Along with milk and milk vodka, these dairy products are collectively referred to as tsagan idyan (white products). Since ‘white products’ are considered sacred, they are widely used in various rituals as well.

For jomba (Kalmyk tea with milk), chigyan and targ (fermented milk drinks) see Beverages collection.

Alena Lidzhieva, About Milk

After milking milk should be poured into a bucket and then covered with a lid, because it is forbidden to expose milk to the night sky (i.e. expose what is white to what is black). After dark it is also forbidden to give milk away. The same applies to any food: after sunset it is forbidden to take food out of the house.