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Wolf Totem

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In this paragraph, the author explains in detail how the man and wolves maintain the balance in nature. He starts by telling about the importance of grassland, which feeds the cattle; mainly sheep, horses and goats; which in turn help the humans to survive by providing food, clothing and shelter. Marmots, mice, rabbits and gazelles also inhabit grasslands, which could destroy a farmers land and even cause ruckus if not checked on a regular basis. So to control them the wolves are important as they keep a check on their population by eating them. They might attack the horses, but according to the author they devour the weak horses so that the others become brave and agile.

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When Chen and Yang decided to live on the inner Mongolian grasslands during the Cultural Revolution in 1966-76, they tried and adapted the ways of the anti-Han culture. They learnt about the balance of the nature, in which wolves were to be worshipped and they were considered to have maintained the number of grass guzzlers such as marmots, mice and rabbits. Even if they attacked the horses, it was said that they eliminated the weak ones, thereby leaving the stronger breed. These horses which survived are said to have carried the cavalry of Genghis Khan.
A person who grew up in the agony of killing marmots, tells Han that they don’t care about what is going to happen next in their life, they just move on in the grassland; their ultimate reason being using the marmots for extermination of the wolves. Now after 20 years of leaving the grasslands, Chen decides to write everything in WOLF TOTEM. He is a beautiful writer that not only his writings were famous, but also he explains very clearly about spirituality and nature.

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