Whenever Oorei goes outside after dark, Oyunbileg or somebody else always puts a vertical dash of black ash in between her eye/eyebrows. I learned today that this is to disguise her so ghosts don't recognize her. If they did, they might scare her or play tricks on her. This is a common custom with children up to age 5 in Mongolia.
"What kind of ghosts?" I asked. My teacher replied, "Яанз Бүрийн чөтгөр." (Yanz büriing chötgör.) Various kinds of ghosts.
I think Mongolians in general have a disdain for the dark. When I told my teacher that I didn't get home until 8:00 p.m. last night, he said that was too late.