The Dhal Lake, Kashmir

The Dhal Lake, Kashmir

Fred Bremner,  ~1900

"The stillness and clearness of Dhal Lake make it comparativley easy to catch fish with the aid of a spear instead of by rod and line. Boatmen are the class with whom visitors to Kashmir come most intimately in contact. They are said to claim Noah as their ancestor, and certain it is that if they did not borrow the pattern of their boats from Noah's Ark, Noah must have borrowed the pattern from them! Families live permanently on the boats, and they all have their little cooking places on board, and an enormous wooden pestle and mortar with which women and very often children pound the rice or grain." (Forty Years, pg. 48).


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