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Pastoralists: Hindu Pastoralists of Western India: Fact Sheet
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Pastoralists may form a small proportion of Gujarat’s population today, but they have been significant historically and continue to hold an important place in the regional tradition. The cycle of myths centering on Kṛṣṇa is of crucial importance here, as the members of the Ahir caste claim to be the descendants of his people. Together with the Charan, the Rabari, and the Bharwad, they designate themselves as daglābhāī (“brothers of the blanket”), from the blanket (daglā) worn by the cattle herders on their wanderings, used to shield against the cold and to sleep on a…

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Tambs-Lyche, Harald, “Pastoralists: Hindu Pastoralists of Western India: Fact Sheet”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032234>
First published online: 2019



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