There is something eternally graceful about seeing a women carrying a pot on her head. A vision of feminity, balance and sustanence with their gait being slow and gentle and their posture, dictated by maintanence of their load, remaining perfect. The daily pilgrimage to the village well was essential for suppl;y of water for drinking, cooking and washing.
I have spent time in rural India villages and it was a regular occurance to witness the village women carrying their pots.They never seemed to struggle with this task, even when transporting large vessels and strolled along with ease. I have always been transfixed by the timelessnes of this imagery whenever I have seen this in my travels , so I want to do a feature of visuals along this theme.
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Dancing performance in India ( Elica.org)
Celebration of Vat Savatri. On this day a married women invokes the blessing of Devi (Goddess) Savatri for the general well being of her husband and for the prolonging of her marital life. ( Photo by Rajen Nair
African woman with a large pot
Photo by echwaluphotography
Making pots in Malawi Village
An old water pot.
Women from a nomadic community from Rajasthan state carry drinking water.
Egyptian traditional bread baking
African pottery making. Photo by Mjengwa
Balinese pot transport
Young Swazi Woman
Woman carrying traditional water pots for sale in Niger
Indian women with decorated pots
Xhosa women off to paarty ?
Photo by Lister Hunter
Bonalu means Bojanaalu (meal) in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess of power. Women prepare Bonam with cooked rice, milk, sugar, onions in a pot, decorated with small neem breanches and turmeric, kunkum and a lamp on the top it. Women put the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men. ( Tellanga region, Andhra Pradash India http://chandu-telangana.blogspot.com.au
Togo, West Africa
Two hundred women from indigenous (or adivashi) communities in Rajshahi, north-western Bangladesh, carried empty clay water pots to symbolically highlight the problem of water shortages.
( caroschoice blogspot )
Rajastani villager carrying a pot
Zulu woman carrying beer pot
Photo – Ariadne van Zandbergen
Pottery selling at an Argentina train station.
Mexican girl carrying pot
( Mexican Postcard )
This woman stirs traditional atole (a thick, usually sweetened corn drink), prepared in an olla de barro (clay pot) over a wood fire.
Songhay pottery market, Gorom Gorom
Girl with offering in Bali
Zulu beer pot
An Indian woman carrying grain pots
photo – Margaret Bourke White
1946, Life magazine
Taking offerings to the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali Indonesia
Zulu girl with large basket
Zuni girl carrying jar ,New Mexico
Making pottery in Segou village, Mali
Parade of Fulani women with pots
Female African figurine
‘Vanessa’ by James Denmark
Girls Pounding corn outside their homes
Monkey Bay, South End of Lake Malawi
Photo by Nigel Pavitt