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Trade And Peripheral Incomes

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This chapter demonstrates how, in order to eke out a living, the pastoral nomads in Zilphukhog needed recourse to non-pastoral and peripheral means of supplementing their household economy. The community of Zilphukhog was not a wealthy one. But it can be concluded that despite the relative scarcity of pastoral nomadic resources, people in Zilphukhog were able to survive, albeit skillfully by exploiting various economic niches. Another characteristic economic feature of life in Zilphukhog was the availability of aid and support, particularly towards newly established households and dependents hit by disasters. Moreover, one did not have to belong to a particular class or caste in order to perform a certain task, and what one did or had to do depended upon circumstances rather than ascription. Thus, one was allowed to act according to one's economic situation.

Keywords: pastoral nomadic economy; peripheral incomes; trading; Zilphukhog



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