I met Avirmed in the Summer of 1997 in Duut (sound) sum (district), Khovd Aimag (province). He was in his ger recovering from an illness. Avirmed is a Tuulch or epic singer and according to Khöömii singer Tserendaava revived the “old way” of singing the prasie song to the Altai Mountains, “Altai Magataal”. This version would be more of a mixture of a prayer and a song as opposed to the “Communist version” that would try not to refer to the spiritual way in which the Mongolians viewed mountains.


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