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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 Ahīr caste claim to be the descendants of his people. Together with the Cāran (Charan), the Rabārī, and the Bharvāḍ (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 an…

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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, Edited by: Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), Gérard Toffin, Centre d’Études Himalayennes, Paul Hockings, University of Illinois at Chicago, Raphaël Rousseleau, Université de Lausanne, Tanka Subba, North-Eastern Hill University, Harald Lambs-Tyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032234>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190325



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