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India: Shiva's Herders by Zack Canepari (39 images)

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For the Raika, a nomadic people in Rajasthan, breeding camels is a God-given task. According to legend, the Hindu deity Lord Shiva created the first Raika with the express purpose of caring for the camel. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, the Raika undertake long migrations in search of good grazing land. The bond between man and beast is a strong one, and the Raika give a name to every animal in the herd.

In recent years, though, the Raika and their camels have...
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