The accounts of many travellers tell us about the life of pastoral groups
The accounts of many travellers tell us about the life of pastoral groups. In the early 19th century, Buchanan visited the Gollas during his travel through Mysore. He wrote: ‘Their families live in small villages near the skirt of the woods, where they cultivate a little ground and keep some of their cattle, selling in the towns the produce of the dairy.
Their families are very numerous, seven to eight young men in each being common. Two or three of these attend the flocks in the woods, while the remainder cultivate their fields and supply the towns with firewood and with straw for thatch.’
Now answer the following questions
(a) Write briefly about what they tell you about the nature of the work undertaken by men and women in pastoral households.
(b) Why do you think pastoral groups often live on the edges of forests?