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Camelus Dromedarius, the dromedary

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The dromedary, or the Arabian camel, is closely related to the Bactrian camel. Dromedaries share all typical camel features with the latter species but differ in a number of aspects, the most obvious of which is its one-humpedness. Their teeth are like those of the Bactrian camel and thus also the dromedary gives the false impression of bearing no less than six canines in the upper jaw, three at each side. Dromedaries are used as pack and draught animal, for riding, for their meat, milk and dung. They are also used as protective shields in sand storms. Today, there are two general types of dromedaries among the many breeds. The dromedary plays an important role in Rajasthani folklore, for example the Pabuji and Moma traditions, in religion, legend as well as myth, but this seems not to be.

Keywords: Camelus Dromedarius; dromedary; Rajasthani folklore; stone sculptures



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