preparing for winter

WARNING:  This post contains graphic photos of slaughtered animals.  If seeing dead animals is upsetting to you, please skip to the next post.

After the goats are killed, they are separated by main body parts and put into large bowls.  The meat is then cleaved out and laid upon a cart outside where it quickly freezes.

The stomachs of the goats are cleaned and then all of the meat is packed into them.  The stomach acts like a huge Hefty garbage bag protecting the meat from dirt.  Once the meat is frozen, it can be safely stored in the family’s outdoor shed.

The next morning I was invited to the main tent for Chai.  One daughter and her 1-year-old niece were playing and watching television.  After about 40 minutes, I wondered where the rest of the family was.  I went outside just in time to watch some of the girls and their mother take a freshly killed goat inside the ger for further butchering.  As they carried the goat inside, I watched as the 2nd goat kicked slightly as blood gushed from its freshly cut throat.  Even though I knew that it was necessary to kill the goats in order to guarantee the family’s survival, at first it was a bit unreal to see the goat dying in front of me.  I watched intently and let the memory set into my mind.  I had come to see local culture and I had found it.  I only remembered to take out my camera as the ladies took the second goat into the ger (below).


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Suukhbaatar Square revisited

On my way back from my brief visit to the National Museum, I went past the one tourist attraction that I knew would be open, the Sukbatar Square.  I noticed the swastika motif on the fence and on the tile work surrounding the parliament building.  The swastika is a commonly used symbol in Asia and has religious meanings for the Hindus and the Buddhists.

It was my first visit to the square during full daylight so I took the opportunity to get a daytime shot of Chenggis Khan.  In front of the statue of the Emperor, I saw a Mongolian family in traditional dress and stood off 20 feet or so and used the zoom lens to capture some shots.

While the father was posing with his two sons, I noticed that the daughter was staring at me.  I took the opportunity to grab a photo of her as well.  She seemed very inquisitive of me but the look on her face seemed more annoyed – LOL.

I also grabbed a shot of the statue of the general and the parliament building in daylight.  On my walk back to my hotel, I saw another Mongolian in traditional dress and thought that the photo captured an “average” day in the life of people walking on Peace and Freedom Boulevard.


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