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Ladakh People

People In Ladakh

The Ladakh people of Jammu and Kashmir have Turanian (Central Asian) features. Ladakh people of this region have a cheerful nature and are peace-loving. 45% of this area are Buddhist by faith and the rest are Muslims.

0ccupation Of People In Ladakh

About life of people in Ladakh, they traditionally lead a nomadic rustic life and are sincere and honest. About occupation of people in Ladakh, 90% of them depend on agriculture based on the Indus River for their livelihood. Their main agricultural products are barley, wheat, buckwheat, peas, rapeseed and beans. Apples and apricots are grown in warmer regions of low altitude. Ladakh is well-known for its rich culture . The Ladakh people are very hardworking and have productively used the rich natural resources.
Sheep-rearing is another profession of Ladakhi people. In Ladakh Herders are known as Chang-pas. They take care of long shaggy goats and sheep from whose under-fleece the famous Kashmiri Pashmina shawls are made. Chang-pas reside in tents and are roaming, traveling from place to place in hunt of meadows. The Ladakh people are eagerly interested in trade. Wool, in raw form is their chief profitable product. About food of Ladakh people, the men travel long distances, looking for favourable prices for their wares, which consist of salt, dry fruits and cultured pearls and semi-precious stones. In return they get tea, tobacco, grain, sugar and other essential goods. Playing polo on fast-racing ponies is the most popular entertainment in Ladakh. With each chukka or chukker, the pony is not changed; the polo player continues playing with the same pony unlike in western polo style. This game is still played on the bumpy, patchy pitch with ancient wooden balls in Ladakh.

Ladakh presents the huntsmen foreign hunts of the national animal of Pakistan, ibex, red bear, and state mammals of Pakistan, wild sheep, antelope, gazelle and marmot. Ladakh is also consists of precious natural resources like gold, copper and semi-precious stones.

Lifestyle Of People In Ladakh

People of Ladakh desert

About lifestyle of people in Ladakh, like the land itself, the people of Ladakh are usually quite different from those of the rest of India. The faces and physique of the Ladakhis, and the clothes they wear, are more similar to those of Tibet and Central Asia than of India. The original population may have been Dards, an Indo-Aryan race down from the Indus and the Gilgit area.

Some millennium or more years ago, this Ladakhis migrated from Tibet, probably this widely weighed down the culture of the Dards and eliminated their ethnic features. In Central and eastern Ladakh, the recent inhabitants appear to be classically of Tibetan origin. Towards west, in and around Kargil the Ladakhis look put forward a mixed origin.

The exclusion to this simplification is the Arghons, a community of Muslims in Leh, originated as a result of weddings between local Ladakhi women and Kashmiri or Central Asian businessmen. They show a marked dominance of the Indo-Aryan mannerism in their physique and looks, however culturally they are similar with the rest of the Ladakhis.

People Of Ladakh Desert

The people of Ladakh desert are predominantly an agricultural people. This, and the religion they practice, Buddhism, has deeply wedged their customs and traditions. Their family and social organizations reproduce the values of a people dependent on the land and unusual land at that for their nourishment and for all their resources. The practice of heritage by primogeniture, 'fraternal polyandry' and the withdrawal of the older members of the family as soon as the eldest son is grown-up enough and prepared to take care of the family and able to handle family responsibilities, are all examples of the same. According to the Ladakhi customs, the eldest son inherits the father's property that gives him complete authority over the land ancestral property without any dispute. The younger son cannot claim the portion of the acquisition and they have to accept the authority if they wish to live under his guidance. The younger brother has a right over his brother's wife to limit the number of offspring. If the brother wishes to marry another girl then he has no claim over the ancestral property and has to settle outside on his own. Today the practice has declined, only can be found in deep interiors parts of village.

The ladakhis also have a very robust sense of community. Sowing and reaping for instance are community activities in which all members of a village will contribute irrespective of whose field is being ploughed.

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