Tuvan ennui

Sayana tells us about Tuvan rustlers, chronically stealing livestock from neighbouring Mongolia, regularly getting caught and beaten to within an inch of their lives. They crawl home to their relatives, who patch them up. They lie around in the yard, all scabbing knife wounds and broken bones, drinking, getting more bored, til one of them groans to the others “If there’d at least be a war…”

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