?Raika-Rabari - a storehouse of traditional knowledge?
THE HALF-NOMADIC herdsmen of the Raika-Rabari tribe are storehouses of traditional knowledge who include general mathematics to traditional veterinary treatment, Prof Vinay Shrivastava of the Anthropology Department of Delhi University said here today.
Prof Shrivastava was delivering a lecture on ‘The Raika-Rabari of Rajasthan and Gujarat’ as part of a popular lecture series of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS).
He was highlighting his experiences from a study on this community for doctoral thesis. Though very few of them rear camels today, they like to be identified as the camel-rearing community. This half-nomadic community traces its descent from Lord Shiva. But in current times, they have more or less settled down in villages.
While most of the tribal communities in India are non-vegetarians, Rabari tribals are vegetarians despite being herdsmen. They adhere to the ‘silent’ way of life and their daily activities are based on traditional knowledge.