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Yak

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The yak, a reminder of one of the Tibetan Plateau's most versatile commodities. Until recently, both domestic and wild yaks were found there.

The yak is an essential part of the Tibetan diet, providing meat, milk, butter, and dried cheese.

The wool is spun to make rope and cloth; the hides are used for tents; bags made from yak hides and fly whisks made from the tails have been exported for years.

In the hands of a deity, the fly whisk is a sign of compassion (e.g., "would not hurt a fly"). Yaks are also beasts of burden, pulling wagons and carts.

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