Egyptian Water Carrier circa 1880
Since ancient times in many countries like India, Africa, Egypt and the southern states in the US, just to name a few, people transported – balanced – goods on to top of their head.
Going home from the market
And in Egypt today it is a way to carry something from here to there — even when riding a bicycle!
Delivering bread in Cairo
More from Egypt soon…
A note of interest: In Southern states in the US slaves carried laundry baskets or huge bundles of laundry on their heads when delivering or picking up laundry. This practice was discontinued when the automobile became common and white employers started to deliver their laundry to the homes of washerwomen.