• Shahad Bakerman

Heads of Steel

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An Indian lady wearing a vibrant Sari, carrying a big bowl on her head


Head-carrying has been around for centuries amongst different cultures, including pre-industrial Europe. Its uses include fetching water and milk, bringing goods from the market, and collecting farming necessities.


More common among women than men, girls start head-carrying at an early age and gradually strengthen their neck muscles and spinal bones. They eventually become able to walk with heavy loads on their heads effortlessly; literally as if they are carrying nothing.

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