The Intention Behind the Books

Here you will find the details about the books intention I started in 2015.
This intention is vital for me and I plan to persevere in that purpose in the future.

Some Key Points

Spreading the Mongolian culture

Focused on popular Poems, Bogino Duu, Urtiin Duu, Magtaal, Domog, and Tuuli.

Multiple volumes

Build a collection, each volume containing around 25 texts, with a volume released every two years.

Four languages

Mongolian Script, Cyrillic, English and French with context and explanations of specific words.

The idea behind this collection of books is to provide Foreigners and Mongolians with a touch of culture that tends to be forgotten. To portray the philosophy and lifestyle of Mongolian's ancestors is a formidable task. I intend to take on this challenge by sharing, explaining and translating songs and text that I feel represent those specific Mongolian's Traits.

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    Luxury edition

    Hard cover with gold writting (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Inner cover page decorater with pattern (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Golden writing on the hard cover (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Bookmark (example).

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    Affordable & Luxury edition

    Handwritten Mongol (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page ornamented with Mongolian decoration (example).

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    Luxury edition

    Page decorated with Mongolian scenery (example).

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    Affordable edition

    Soft cover (example).

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    Affordable edition

    Soft cover and modest paper (example).

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    Affordable edition

    Simple writing (example).

One book, Two editions. Why?

An affordable and a luxury version will be available.

Affordable Edition

Designed for students, researchers, or people that focus more on the content than the appearance. This edition will have cheaper paper, a soft cover, and no decoration within the pages.

Luxury edition

Designed for people who also like a pretty object. It can also make a great gift to introduce the culture to your friends or family. This edition will have a hard clothed cover and a high quality paper printed in colour. The page will be decorated with Mongolian ornaments.

Here you can see some examples from book I already own and from which I was inspired.

The Book Process

Some of you might be curious to know how the translation and explanation takes place. Here I share with you the main steps that need to be achieved to provide you with one finished text explanation and translation.

1. Collect

Explore markets or ask knowledgeable people in order to find old books, rare texts and ancestral pieces.

2. Investigate

Analyze and cross check from different sources (Professor, Singer, Writer) in order to comprehend the deep and layered meaning of the texts.

3. Transpose

Transpose back into the Original Mongol Writing, as nowadays, most texts are found in Cyrillic.

4. Translate

Translate from Mongolian to English and get a first draft.

5. Edit

Edit the first draft to assess the subject, structure, time and grammar of each verse (with my Mongolian teammate).

6. Compose

Compose the background context of the piece and add notes for the specific terms.

7. Proofread

Improve the quality of the composition by making it more literary and recheck the grammar (with my American mate).

8. Confirm

Check the English version again with my Mongolian mate and verify that the meaning is still accurate.

Who is involved?

I am not alone for this project and I'm deeply grateful to be surrounded with such talented people that believe in my goals and give me their time for free. This intention could not happen without them!
- For the Mongol Script and the comprehension of deep meaning: My beloved teachers: Батхүүгийн Амгалан (Amgalan Batkhuu), Жаргалсайханы Буяндэлгэр (Buyndelger Jargalsaihan), Гаанжуурсүрэнгийн Жаргалсайхан (Jargalsaikhan Gaajuusuren) , Нямаагийн Энхчимэг (Enkhchimeg Nyamaa).
- For the editing of the rough English translation: Мөнхбаярын Хишигдэлгэр (Khishigdelger Munkhbayar) and Доржсүрэнгийн Очирдарь (Ochirdari Dorjsuren).
- For the English proofreading, Laura G. Wahba who is also a great harper interested in Mongolian culture.
- For the French proofreading, Cécile Strouk who accepted kindly to follow me in this adventure.

Finally, even tho they are not directly involved in the book, they are important people who always share their knowledge and support me.
- My Mongolian language teacher from Prime Bridge School Халзангийн Одончимэг (Odonchimeg Khalzan) and Шаравнямбуугийн Дэнсмаа (Densmaa Sharavnyambuu).
- One of my best and closest friend Robert McLaughlin who is a fervent admirer of Tuvan culture.
- My first Morin Huur teacher Сантарогийн Бүжигмаа (Bouzhigmaa Santaro) who keep sharing with me a lot of knowledge around legend, tradition and Morin Huur.
- Мөнхөөгийн Мөнхсайхан (Munhsaihan Munhuu) who taught me a lot about Morin Huur Crafting as well as history.
- The Hoomiich Цэрэндаваагийн Цогтгэрэл (Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa) from whom I got my first Morin Huur and who teaches me Hoomii. He also provides me with a lot of information about Magtaal, Legend, and Morin Huur.
- The Morin Huurch Доржнямын Шинэцог-Гени (Shinetsog-Geni Dorjnaym) who was my Morin Huur teacher for a year and share with me a lot of meaning around Morin Huur melodies as well as Morin Huur soul and feelings. I am deeply grateful for his teaching!
- For the Long Songs, Алтанцэцэгийн Нарандулам (Narandulam Altantsetseg) who's always there to give a hand and help me clarify the philosophy behind the words.
- The Morin Huurch Оюунбилэгийн Баттөгс (Battugs Oyunbileg), Дашзэвэгийн Мөнхсайхан (Munhsaihan Dashzeveg), Лхагваагын Мөнхжаргал (Munhjargal Lhagwaa) from whom I got lot of support and knowledge related to Morin Huur, Long Song, Tatlaga and Magtaal.

Funding & Revenues

The content of those books is for the people and I consider that it should be handled by the people. I believe in the power of self-publishing and crowdfunding.

Next Chapter

35% of the sales will go to the people involved in the adventure and who helps me make this intention real. Also, it will cover the next publishing cost to avoid a call for crowdfunding.

Environmental Causes

15% of the sales will be invested in non-government organizations or in direct concrete projects to help with air pollution and access to clean water in Mongolia.

Life Expenses

50% of the sales will go to help me keep moving forward and cover my life expenses such as food, apartment, and research.

If you feel inspired by this books adventure,
know that you can be part of it.

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Thanks a lot for considering this research.