Head ring

The practice of carrying heavy objects on the head is widespread. In India, Banjara women use head rings to transport vessels of water from wells to their homes. The ring helps position and balance the pot, while the decorative flap shades the neck from the sun. Vibrant colours, mirrors and shells create a kaleidoscope of pattern.


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Have you ever carried an object on your head or seen someone else do so – why do people carry things this way?

responded: May 12, 2010

Posted by Frank

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By carrying objects on one's head, it frees up the arms for other purposes. I have never carried an object on my head out of necessity, but have tried to balance a book on my head to see how well I could balance it. I was not very successful! I have to admire those who have developed this skill. I feel fortunate that water comes delivered through pipes to my home, and I don't have to travel long distances to obtain the water I use each day.

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