Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Animal Husbandry

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The pastoralists in Zilphukhog lived predominantly from their bovine animals known as yak (male) and dri (female), being the domestic breed of Bos grunniens. This chapter demonstrates how manipulative and skillful the pastoral nomads were in their choice of the most ecologically adaptable and economically viable animals. Regardless of the size of his herd, a nomadic dependent was always determined to invest his wealth in dri and yak. They constituted the existential basis of his pastoral life. The dri produced milk and calves (bili) which were essential for pastoral nomadic continuity. The yak's utility consisted of its being a pack animal (for domestic and paid transport), the use of its hair (for shelter, blankets, etc.), and its meat, tail and hide because of their indispensability the pastoral nomads were loath to dispose of them until and unless their usefulness had been exhausted through natural attrition, age or injuries.

Keywords: animal husbandry; dri; yak; zilphukhog

10.1163/ej.9789004158139.i-224.25
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004158139.i-224.25
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Nomads of Eastern Tibet — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation