Saturday, October 17, 2009

Carried about

It is interesting how many similarities there are to other cultures. Early rulers in Japan were often carried about in very uncomfortable boxes, suspended on poles, carried by 4 or 6 men, up and down hills on long treks to the capital city. Here they also have uncomfortable looking boxes, though now made out of palm products, with a pole for a number of slaves to carry them about. I have to wonder still how difficult it was to sit in the tiny box, especially in the heat. At least these are far more open.
Also found an early cart here – with enclosed areas for sitting in. It has more potential to be covered so I have to think it was for the women. (no confirmation on that one, purely a guess). Another cart was totally enclosed in fabric - must have been stifling.

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