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THE Bishnoi is a caste common in the Moradabad district and in other parts of the North-Western provinces. Its members combine, says Wilson, Hindoo and Mahomedan tenets and practices, and often call themselves Sheikhs. They are a quiet, industrious people, and are chiefly employed in carpentry, being expert at making wheels for common native carts, a trade peculiar to this part of India. Khate Bishnoi-- 106--the man photographed, is a Hindoo. His height is five feet seven and a half inches, and he is sixty-three years of age. He holds a hookah in his hand; his clothes are of a red, black, and white pattern, and his tunic is padded with cotton. 
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