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  My host-brother with the baby goat
by SumTingWong

Nepali society for the most part is predominantly dominated by agriculture. Agriculture allows Nepali culture to remain original and beautiful, and this can be easily seen by examining the growing filth (pollution and corruption) in Kathmandu. Agriculture lies at the root of survival in rural Nepal and allows family values and traditional culture and society to flourish. In many ways agriculture and culture are intertwined and form a nice balance within the lines drawn by society. Roles of men women and children are both shared as a family unit, and divided by more traditional gender roles.
Farm animals also play an important role in agriculture and society. Caste values are often determined by how much land and animals a family has. Cows, or 'gai', are never eaten, as they are sacred, but their milk (dhud) provides an essential part of the Nepali diet. Water buffalo, or 'bhaishi', are particularly important for both building rice terraces and for meat and milk. Chickens (khukura) provide eggs and meat and goats (bakra) are good for meat (and are seen as moving food).

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  • Written Dec 7, 2003
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