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Nomads are often seen as romantic remnants of some earlier, more traditional age; imprisoned by their wandering lifestyles to continually repeat the actions of the past. I think it is more accurate to say, as I’m sure someone has already done, that if most farmers are like hedgehogs then nomads are like foxes. While a hedgehog knows one big thing and keeps repeating it throughout his life then a fox knows many little things and must use his cunning and wits to survive. This perhaps explains why the Rabari are so generous and friendly to outsiders – they are constantly in search of new knowledge that might give them a crucial advantage in their migrations. In spite of the huge changes that India has undergone in recent times the Rabari are still a common sight travelling with their herds of camels, sheep and goats along the highways and through the fields of Rajasthan and Gujarat. “Old forms persist, but with new meanings and content, and pastoral society continually reinvents itself.”

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