Deze Portugese herders leven op dezelfde manier als eeuwen geleden

Deze Portugese herders leven op dezelfde manier als eeuwen geleden
Shepherds herd their flock as they migrate to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 27, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the countryís highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals ñ often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 3 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1K6SR © REUTERS

Eind juni trekken Portugese herders met hun schapen, geiten en koeien de bergen van Serra da Estrela in. De horens van de dieren worden feestelijk versierd met kleurige bollen van wol. De herders en hun dieren blijven tot eind september in de bergen omdat daar meer gras te vinden is.

De herders hebben nu weliswaar mobiele telefoons bij zich zodat ze contact kunnen houden met hun families, maar verder is er in hun levenswijze de afgelopen eeuwen weinig veranderd. De herders slapen in de openlucht, bereiden hun eten op een vuurtje en worden 's ochtends gewekt door het geluid van rinkelende koeienbellen.

De horens van het vee worden versierd met kleurrijke bollen wol. © REUTERS

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