The livestock and especially
the yak is of paramount importance in Zanskar. Yaks are used to
plough the land, to thresh the grain, to carry heavy loads (up to
200 kg), to heat the houses during the winter and their dung not
only serves as fertiliser but is also the only heating fuel available
in this region. They are also a vital source for milk, and sometimes
but rarely, of meat. The yak's fur is used to make clothes, carpets,
ropes and bed covers.
you beautiful yak!
Please walk fast so that our fields will be sown quickly.
Oh! you beautiful yak!
horns are so long that they reach the sky
your tail is very long
Please plough our fields quickly
then you can go on to the high pastures
eat flowers and sit by the water on the green grass.