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An elderly Rabari woman from Nadapa, Gujarat
Rabari, a caste of camel-herders - Tashrih al-aqvam (1825)

Members of the Rabari are an India as well as in huge numbers present in pakistann community. In the state of Gujarat in India and Sindh in Pakistan, they are pastoralists.



The Rabari myth of origin is that Shiva put them on earth to tend to the camels owned by Parvati.[1]


In the semi-desert Kachchh region of Gujarat and in badin Mirpurkhass region of sindh Pakistan, they and the Muslim Maldharis are the most significant of the pastoralist communities. In that area they comprise five related groups, being the Debar, Gardo, Kantho, Katchi and Ragad,[2]


  1. ^ Street (2002), p. 29
  2. ^ Street (2002), pp. 28-29


  • Street, Brian V. (2002), Literacy and Development: Ethnographic Perspectives, Routledge, ISBN 9781134566204

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