School of Ethnology and Sociology, Guangxi Minzu University, Nanning, China
Due to the long history and cultural tradition, there is a special economic phenomenon in the pasturing area of northern Tibet, that is, "sparing killing and sparing selling" of yaks. The herdsmen in northern Tibet regard the yak as a totem symbol, generally respect and worship the yak, and are unwilling to "kill" and "sell" the yak. In recent years, the concept and behavior of herdsmen are changing, and the behavior of "killing" and "selling" of yaks is gradually increasing. The changing process of nomads' ideas in northern Tibet is actually a process of cultural change influenced by many factors.
Herdsmen in northern Tibet, Market economy, Concept of wealth, Cultural adaptation
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