Language(s): English, , Mongolian
Camel milk is an important source of food in Mongolia's Gobi desert, and camels are vital to the lives of the region's nomadic peoples. The coaxing ritual is used by herders to save newborn camel calves orphaned or rejected by their mothers. A camel mare is coaxed into accepting an orphaned or estranged calf by the singing of a melody accompanied by the horse-head fiddle. Transmitted by elder to younger herders, the ritual is diminishing, with a drop in the numbers of camels and herders.
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