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By Barbara Brower, Barbara Rose Johnston

South and vital Asia is a quarter of striking cultural and environmental variety and residential to almost one-quarter of the earth's inhabitants. between those assorted peoples are a few whose methods of lifestyles are threatened by way of the accelerating attack of forces of switch together with environmental degradation, inhabitants progress, land loss, war, ailment, and the penetration of world markets. This quantity examines twelve teams whose lifestyle is endangered. a few are "indigenous" peoples, a few are usually not; each one team represents a special solution to the query of ways to outlive and thrive in the world earth, and illustrates either the threats and the responses of peoples stuck up within the fight to maintain cultural that means, identification, and autonomy. each one bankruptcy, written by way of a professional pupil for a common viewers, bargains a cultural assessment, explores either threats to survival and the group's responses, and provokes dialogue and extra examine with "food for thought." This robust documentation of either tragedy and desire for the twenty-first-century survival of centuries-old cultures is a key reference for an individual attracted to the quarter, in cultural survival, or within the interaction of diversification and homogenization.

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Resources Published Literature Agrawal, A. 1993. Mobility and Cooperation among Nomadic Shepherds: The Case of the Raikas. Human Ecology 21(3): 261–279. ———. 1994. Mobility and Control among Nomadic Shepherds: The Case of the Raikas II. Human Ecology 22(2): 131–144. ———. 1998. Profits on the Move: The Economics of Collective Migration among the Raika Shepherds in India. Human Organization 57(4): 469–479. ———. 1999. Greener Pastures: Politics, Markets, and Community among a Migrant Pastoral People.

The industrialization of South Asia and infrastructural developments have also largely affected demand for a variety of goods and services. An example are the Gaduliya Lohar, smiths and dealers in plough oxen in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In prosperous areas, tractors replace plough oxen so the need has declined for their services and those of the peripatetic Sattia, who came every year to castrate and trade in bulls. With increasing use of tube wells, traditional open wells need no cleaning, and with increased mechanization, many other peripatetic services are becoming redundant.

In recent years Hindu fundamentalist organizations in India have been attacking non-Hindus and all those who refuse to accept their fascist decrees; some peripatetic communities have also been targeted, and violent attempts have been made to convert them (see below, Current Events and Conditions). Though despised at the everyday material level, peripatetics in South Asia, as elsewhere, are often ascribed a certain measure of power in the realm of the supernatural. Their “magical” and healing skills and their frequent practice of shamanistic rites or other possession rituals enhance fear and mystery.

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