The Broader Picture: Fiddler on the hoof
Sunday 25 July 1999
Half of the population of Mongolia is nomadic, and animals are treated as an extension of the family. When Dagiranz feels like company, he travels the 11 miles to where his nearest neighbours live, and performs to their livestock. In this photograph, the camels appear a vaguely unreceptive audience, but Dagiranz says this is not the case. Sometimes he will play a tune to remind himself of his childhood, which makes him cry. Then, he says, the camels join in and weep with him.
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