Travel Stock Photo: ID # INKA079

Copyright : Jean-Philippe Soule

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Indigenous Cultures - Kalbeliya

Destinations - India - Rajasthan - Pushkar
 

Title:

Kalbeliya Gypsy, Nomadic People of the Rajasthan Desert, Pushkar, India.

Caption:

"I am Suresh.”
In Western societies being homeless is shameful. But the Kalbeliya Gypsies are proud of their roots and clan. The photo reveals Suresh’s character, proud, and charming.
Although young to be a leader, his clan elected him for his integrity.
Excerpt from the Kalbeliya article: The leader shook my hand and said, “I’m Suresh, come to my home.” We followed him behind a bunch of dried bushes that had been erected as walls.
Excerpt from the Kalbeliya article: His home was nothing more than a couple of old beds covered with old blankets and pierced plastic tarps set in the middle of the desert. Their only protection was a four-foot tall wall of dried bushes. The walls did not really protect them from the wind, but they offered them a little privacy from the dozen or so other clans that lived twenty yards away. No bricks, no adobe, no clay, no wood--there was nothing that looked like a permanent or even temporary home. A bit of earth had been packed in one place to accommodate a small fire pit. A few broken bags on and under the two beds contained all the clan’s belongings.

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Country: India   /   Village: Pushkar

Ethnic Group: Kalbeliya

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