Banthas are large, furry mammals that travel in herds through Tatooine's desert wastes. They serve as mounts for Tusken Raiders, and the two species share a close, almost mystical bond.
A young Tusken Raider gains a bantha mount during warrior initiation rites, and learns to care for the creature. Rider and mount become extremely close as the Tusken earns a place in the clan.
Tatooine's inhabitants use banthas as beasts of burden and prize them for their milk, meat, skins, horns and fur. Banthas have spread to countless other worlds, with subspecies adapted to different climates and conditions.