The group of pastoral people of India that particularly interested me the most was the Raika. They

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The group of pastoral people of India that particularly interested me the most was the Raika. They are truly an extraordinary group of people; they live in and around Rajasthan, in north western India. This region is a semi-desert, a perfect environment for the main animal they herd, the camel. Their entire culture is centered on the noble desert creature, in their stories on the creation of their people it is said that lord Shiva created them in order to tend and protect the camels of Pavrati (n.d. Protocol). They aren’t a fully nomadic people, there semi-nomadic group (2008, April 27). They naturally consume lots of milk and milk products like cheeses and yogurts, because of their camel herding history. Their diet is centered on camel…show more content…
Living among the Raika must be an absolute honor and privilege to do, their culture and way of life is too uncommon in our bland industrial world. The men are tasked with herding the animals, like many pastoral communities the men herd and the women cook the animal’s products. The women are tasked in producing the milk and milk products; basically they prepare the food that is derived from the animals. Unlike the rest of India’s cultures, the women manage the house and are very smart, independent, and are not intimated by the men in their community; something very rare in the east. They sell wool and butter to city merchants and manage all matters that concern the finance of the family, but do not sell camel milk; the selling of camel milk is prohibited. They are an extremely religious people, following mostly the Hindu faith. Their spiritual way of life is connected to their physical way of life, like the yarn sewed to a rug. Like I mention before, that their creation myths point to that they were created in order to tend the camels of Pavrati, they take honor in that and continue the way of life that their ancestors had for countless generations. Living among them will not only be an honor but also a culture shock that is truly unique to this part of the earth. They hold many practices and beliefs that are alien to our western thought, one of those practices happens to be their way of marriage. Even though

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