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Of Camel Dung

Seeing hundreds of camels gathered in one location gave me an opportunity to study something that I had never given much thought to before: camel dung.

I don’t know all the uses for camel dung, but in Pushkar women would systematically gather the golf-ball size pieces and then lay them out in large pens to dry them in the sun.

Once properly dried, they would then load them into baskets and carry the baskets on their heads to consumers, who would use the dung as fuel for their fires. It was a common sight at night to see people cooking over a dung fire or gathered around it for warmth.

Camel dung is also used as a fertilizer and no doubt has a dozen other uses, some of which I’m sure I don’t want to know.

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