How does camel vengeance reflect in human behavior in Shabanu?It's from the study guide for Shabanu, and it's between pages 77-140.

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Shutr keena, or "camel vengeance," is the propensity for camels have for never forgetting a wrong. In explaining the concept, Shabanu recalls a time when a relative of Auntie's beat one of his camels, only to have the camel crush the man's head in his jaws a year later. This behavior is reflected in the way desert men act because, again according to Shabanu, "they never leave an old argument unsettled." If a man has been hurt or insulted by another, he will not forget the transgression until he has wreaked his revenge, no matter how long it takes.

Shabanu is reminded of the idea of "camel vengeance" in recalling an incident involving Tipu, the stud of the family's camel herd. Tipu had been challenged by a younger male, Kalu, and a fierce battle had ensued. With great difficulty, the animals had been distracted and separated, but it took a long time until Tipu's anger was spent. Later, when the young male had gone away and Tipu was resting quietly, Dadi commented that, from now on, he would have to be careful with Tipu. He knew that if Tipu should ever run into Kalu again, his wrath will be immediately rekindled, and Dadi laughingly observed that he "(wouldn't) be able to turn (his) back on Tipu until (he was) dead and buried" (Chapter 3 - "Kalu").