India: Shiva's Herders by Zack Canepari

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Bowerram Raika squats and smokes a bidi cigarette as his camel herd grazes along the road from Jojowar to Pushkar. Every year the Raika, and other camel breeders across India, descend upon the Pushkar Camel Fair to trade their livestock. The Raika are an ancestral caste of camel breeders in Rajasthan. Due to the increased cost of feeding and shelter, more and more Raika are being forced to sell off their camels, often for camel meat, which was once considered taboo.