The Balinese women and men amazed me, carrying loads on their heads. It could be anything from laundry to garden produce to earth & stones. I wonder if if they suffer from pressure headaches or stiff backs? They certainly manage to shift around bigger loads than I can with my ergonomic backpack.
~ Spotted Cow
6 thoughts on “Top loads”
If anything, it probably contributes to an excellent posture. In turn, that may lead to less chronic back pain – just a guess. No doubt, they’ve seen plenty of tourists with backpacks.
Hmm. I didn’t think of it that way. I’ll try walking around the room with books on my head and see if my back instinctively stretches straighter.
it’s all in their middle ear Balance!, and… their parents made them go to Tap Dancing Classes!
Haha! That made me laugh. I imagined tap-dancing and simultaneously carrying a load of rocks on my head.
In Nepal we see huge loads being carried around on the back with the basketload being fixed with a headstrap. It must put a huge stress on the neck and shoulders. I wondered the same thing about injuries over time. Nice pictures.
Oh yes, I’ve not been, but I’ve seen pictures of the Nepalese porters with their loads. I’m rubbing my neck just thinking about it !