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October 13, 2020 20:00

Over the last three decades or so, Ladakh has been increasingly opened up to economic development, exposing the people to a range of outside influences they had not encountered before: advertising and corporate media, tourism, pesticides, western-style schooling, and consumer goods.

October 13, 2020 20:00

As in other traditional cultures, the Ladakhis also had a deep connection to the land. People depended on the living world around them for their basic needs; with few exceptions, their food, clothing and shelter were all produced within the region. Most necessities were met within walking distance. You knew the land intimately, you knew its limits; and you knew how to live with the land in a sustainable way.

October 13, 2020 20:00

As in other traditional cultures, the Ladakhis also had a deep connection to the land. People depended on the living world around them for their basic needs; with few exceptions, their food, clothing and shelter were all produced within the region. Most necessities were met within walking distance. You knew the land intimately, you knew its limits; and you knew how to live with the land in a sustainable way.

October 13, 2020 19:59

And these economic exchanges provided a structural relationship of give-and-take that bound people together in ways that provided both material and psychological security.

October 13, 2020 19:59

And these economic exchanges provided a structural relationship of give-and-take that bound people together in ways that provided both material and psychological security.

October 13, 2020 19:59

And these economic exchanges provided a structural relationship of give-and-take that bound people together in ways that provided both material and psychological security.

October 13, 2020 19:59

Importantly, this interdependence was structurally reinforced by the economy. People relied on each other for the very food they ate; they exchanged seeds, they shared draft animals for ploughing and threshing

October 13, 2020 19:59

Importantly, this interdependence was structurally reinforced by the economy. People relied on each other for the very food they ate; they exchanged seeds, they shared draft animals for ploughing and threshing

October 13, 2020 19:59

Importantly, this interdependence was structurally reinforced by the economy. People relied on each other for the very food they ate; they exchanged seeds, they shared draft animals for ploughing and threshing

October 13, 2020 19:58

It was a peaceful culture; there was little strife and conflict. The very young had multiple carers siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles while the very old were integrally involved in the rhythms of daily life.