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Thoughts on the origin of the Buzava and Bokshrankun names.
Thanks for the images. Lot of thinking to do about how to present them.
Learned some things about our aimag.
1. Bokshrang was the name of one of Ayuka Khan’s son. Opens up the following possibilities:
a. Our Zun formed as the prince’s personal guard or just name after him?
b. Did he lead our mengen and zun or just the mengen?
2. Read that Ayuka Khan and his successors would send up to 20,000 men to fight with the Cossacks against the Muslims as part of their friendship with Peter the Great and his successors..
a. Wonder if our mengen was already on the Sal’sk steppe as a unit assigned to fight with the Cossacks when Ovsha Khan migrated back east..
3. There would usually be two and sometimes more Tachuud families in each zun depending on the number of men in the unit. Tachuuds were generally assigned as an officer of 50 or so men. I’m thinking that some zuns had more men and some had less men would depend on the number of casualties.
4. Bokshrankun was a strong unit that settled on good land along the Sal River. If you look at the Buzava map in Prayers by Pop, you’ll see what I mean. I figure waterfront property is always prime real estate.
A thought – was our mengen named Buzava because it was the regiment used for the archery display when Peter the Great visited Ayuka Khan. ‘Bu’ is the word for bow and ‘zava’ is the word for ‘showed’ , ‘pointed’. I’m starting to lean in this direction because one zun was named after his prince. This is when they launched three flights of arrows and after each flight they bowed and shouted ‘Huure’ or as Peter the Great later added that to his army’s salute, hurrah.