Khotons

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Khotons

 

a mongolized Turkic-speaking ethnic group in the Mongolian People’s Republic. The Khotons live among the Derbets in the northwestern part of the country and, according to a 1975 estimate, number about 3,000. In the past they were Muslims. The Khotons are of mixed Turkic ancestry; their forebears were taken captive during the wars between Manchu China and the Turkic khanates of eastern Turkestan in the 17th and early 18th centuries. The principal occupations of the people are stock raising and land cultivation. The Khotons closely resemble the Derbets in language and culture.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Sakha keep cows in khotons (cow barns), the size of which depends on herd size to both maintain heat in the -50[degrees]C winter and prevent crowding.
In winter, cows spend most of their time in a khoton (cow barn).
Having cows and the daily care they require ties a household to their khoton. However, this is not considered an inconvenience since meat and milk remain central to survival and household-level production is, for most, the only way in the post-Soviet context to access cow products, in lieu of Soviet period regular salaries to purchase cow products and the access to cow products for purchase.