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Ethnic and Cultural Diversity amongst Yak Herding Communities in the Asian Highlands
Joshi, Srijana1; Shrestha, Lily1; Bisht, Neha1; Wu, Ning2; Ismail, Muhammad1; Dorji, Tashi1; Dangol, Gauri1; Long, Ruijun1,3
2020-02
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY   Impact Factor & Quartile Of Published Year  The Latest Impact Factor & Quartile
EISSN2071-1050
Volume12Issue:3
page numbers25
AbstractYak (Bos grunniens L.) herding plays an important role in the domestic economy throughout much of the Asian highlands. Yak represents a major mammal species of the rangelands found across the Asian highlands from Russia and Kyrgyzstan in the west to the Hengduan Mountains of China in the east. Yak also has great cultural significance to the people of the Asian highlands and is closely interlinked to the traditions, cultures, and rituals of the herding communities. However, increasing issues like poverty, environmental degradation, and climate change have changed the traditional practices of pastoralism, isolating and fragmenting herders and the pastures they have been using for many years. Local cultures of people rooted in the practice of yak herding are disappearing. Therefore, it is very important to document the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of yak herding. The broad aim of this paper was to provide a brief overview on the geographical distribution of yak in the Asian highlands and to provide in-depth information on yak-herding ethnic communities, the sociocultural aspect associated with yak herding, and challenges and emerging opportunities for yak herding in the Asian highlands. Altogether, 31 ethnic groups in 10 different countries of Asia and their cultures are documented herein. Yak was found to be utilized for many different household purposes, and to have cultural and religious aspects. Unfortunately, yak rearing and related traditions have been losing their charm in recent years due to modernization and several other environmental issues. Lastly, we suggest that there is an urgent need to take action to minimize the challenges faced by yak-herding mountain communities to conserve the traditional pastoral system and associated cultures of these ethnic communities.
KeywordBos grunniens culture ethnic diversity herding pastoralism yak
PublisherMDPI
DOI10.3390/su12030957
Indexed BySCIE ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGreen & Sustainable Science & Technology ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000519135104008
PublisherMDPI
Original Document TypeReview
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Identifierhttps://ir.lzu.edu.cn/handle/262010/417762
Collection兰州大学
草地农业科技学院
Corresponding AuthorJoshi, Srijana; Long, Ruijun
Affiliation
1.Int Ctr Integrated Mt Dev ICIMOD, GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu 44700, Nepal
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Chengdu Inst Biol, 9 Sect 4,Renmin Nan Rd, Chengdu 610041, Peoples R China
3.Lanzhou Univ, State Key Lab Grassland & Agroecosyst, Int Ctr Tibetan Plateau Ecosyst Management, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China
Corresponding Author AffilicationCollege of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology
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Joshi, Srijana,Shrestha, Lily,Bisht, Neha,et al. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity amongst Yak Herding Communities in the Asian Highlands[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2020,12(3).
APA Joshi, Srijana.,Shrestha, Lily.,Bisht, Neha.,Wu, Ning.,Ismail, Muhammad.,...&Long, Ruijun.(2020).Ethnic and Cultural Diversity amongst Yak Herding Communities in the Asian Highlands.SUSTAINABILITY,12(3).
MLA Joshi, Srijana,et al."Ethnic and Cultural Diversity amongst Yak Herding Communities in the Asian Highlands".SUSTAINABILITY 12.3(2020).
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