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Rabari, a caste of camel-herders - Tashrih al-aqvam (1825)

Members of the Rabari or Rewari are an Indian community. In the state of Gujarat, they are pastoralists.


The Rabari myth of origin is that Shiva put them on earth to tend to the camels owned by Parvati.[1]The Rabari consider themselves to be descended from the mythological Nandvanshiline that began with Nanda, the foster-father of Krishna. Legend has it that Nanda came from Gokul, in Mathura district, and passed through Saurashtra on his way to Dwarka.[2]According to their traditions, the Rabari were at some time based around Mathura and migrated to Mewar before later spreading out in Gujarat.


In the semi-desert Kachchh region of Gujarat, they and the Muslim Maldharis are the most significant of the pastoralist communities. In that area they comprise five related groups, being the Debar, Gardo, Kantho, Katchi and Ragad,[2]



  1. ^ Street (2002), p. 29
  2. ^ Street (2002), pp. 28-29


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