This is a quote from page 246 of the book: The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer

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“Although everything was stripped away from them right down (including) to their Mongolian names, the people still strive to remember their past. Family names traditionally had Buddhist connotations, so under communism they were banned, and only a personal name permitted. By the 1990s most families had forgotten their original names, so chose new ones from a list of possible Buddhist alternatives, or else named themselves after their profesions; Mongolia’s only astronaut, for example, rejoices in the name of Kosmos.”

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