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Story Of The Weeping Camel

For most Westerners, the Gobi Desert conjures up long-romanticised images of a vast expanse populated by nomad herders living in cosy yurts. The Story Of The Weeping Camel (Ingen Numsil), Mongolia’s official nomination for the 2004 Academy Awards and a docudrama about one particular family, trades on that romanticism but adds a lyrical touch all of its own.

It is spring in the Gobi Desert in Southern Mongolia and a camel, sweetly named Ingen Tamee, is about to give birth. Four generations of the one family await the arrival of the newborn, a welcome addition to their flock and main livelihood. The colt eventually arrives but it’s white and the mother refuses to accept it. What can the family do as baby Botok wails forlornly and the mother stomps off seeking solitude? Call a vet? No, call in a musician to perform, according to an age-old shamanistic tradition, a ritual to inspire maternal instincts and which confirms that “music calms the savage beast”?.

Read the original article at: Sydney Star Observer

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