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The Amazing Life Of Tsaatan In Mongolia

There are different kinds of tribes around the world and they live differently from others in society. They usually form their own communities and lead their daily life with their own cultures and ancestors’ model in order to maintain their groups and pass the way of life to their next and next generation to be last long in human history. Most tribes they have their own behalf animals to be recognized or they think those animals are their ancestors’ re-carnations, so they really have very close relationship with those kinds of animals and even show respect to them as well. More importantly, the behalf animals play very important in their daily life because they are the special family members that they need basically to move up their life to a better life condition.

One of the most amazing tribes in the world is Dukha, Dukhans or Duhalar and in Mongolian language known as Tsaatan. They are the reindeer herders and their whole life depend on one another with the reindeers. Reindeers provide them everything for life serving including food, milk, meat, source of fire and clothes.Tsaatan  is unique from other reindeer herding communities because they do not use meet from their own animals, so this special group treat reindeers very well in their life time. Let’s check the information of daily life of Tsaatan as following:

Dukhas live differently from most other people in the world. The Dukha’s sense of community is structured around the reindeer. The reindeer and the Dukha are dependent on one another. Some Dukha say that if the reindeer disappear, so too will their culture. The reindeer are domesticated and belong to the household. In many ways they are treated like family members and shown respect. The community’s chores and activities are centered around the care and feeding of their reindeer. Dukha communities on the taiga are usually a group of tents of two to seven households that move camp to find optimum grazing for the reindeer. Herding tasks are shared amongst the camp with children at a young age learning to care for the reindeer and keeping them safe. The girls and younger women do the milking and make yogurt, cheese, and milk tea. Young men and women and elders help with herding. A few of the men stay with the reindeer in the winter months, living in the open air with their herds to protect them from wolves and other predators. The men also make and repair their hunting tools and reindeer saddles and carts. Since they rarely kill a reindeer, they supplement their diet of reindeer milk products by hunting wild animals from the forest. More info: Photo Credit:

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