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A week or so ago, I had begun this essay by listing out five different reasons on why I believe that that the life of a field researcher is similar to that of an itinerant mendicant. Today, I will describe how both field researchers and itinerant mendicants use a set of handy tools. While the nature of the tools could vary, the functions that these tools perform in the lives of the itinerant mendicants, is remarkably similar to those performed in the lives of field researchers.
I have come to the remarkable conclusion that the life of a field researcher is similar to that of an itinerant mendicant. Allow me to explain why! I shall do so in three parts. This is the first part of the series.