Loving the herd life
- Jan 14, 2020
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Sometimes people will have goats graze in old cemeteries but people here do not like it. If other livestock was allowed to graze in cemeteries people would get very upset.
Wow!!! It is believed that cemetery grass makes the milk sweet. They are also used for parties and in some cemeteries where martyrs or heros or saintly persons are buried hold fairs in their memory.
So you can't graze your cows on empty land with no crops standing if it belongs to someone else. That sounds very selfish!!! Most of the agricultural land here are empty now because wheat has been harvested in April and rice will not be sown until July so we can graze our livestock on the empty land regardless of its ownership. I guess they can legally stop us, but no one does this. Why would they?
The nomads travel hundreds of kilometres every year with their herds. Their herds are sometimes huge. Their cows devour grass like locust and they are agressive and street smart. Some herds have more animals than an entire village. Fights often break out between resident farmers and nomadic herders. The government never intervenes, they say "when Mauryans, Mughals and Brits failed to settle your fights what makes you think that we can?"
Here is a camp of Rabari herders
Here's a Rabari's herd, count the cows if you can. They have no land