Thursday, March 12, 2009
ABC Weds - H's
This is a Haystack of rice straw in Xieng Khouang Province. When the rice is cut, the stalks are carried to the haystack and they are laid down with the head of the stalk, with the rice kernels, on the inside. It's built up and a cap made of rice straw laid on top, to seal the stack. After a week, the straw and rice kernels are dry enough to thresh.
Some people make patterned woven symbols at the top of the stack, which keep out bad influences and keeps the spirit of the rice within.
And here are some farmers cutting the rice. Harvest is usually October through November, though it depends on the region of the country.
After a hard day at work, the farmers return home with their cows. Homeward:
This is my contribution to the letter "H" on ABC Wednesday.