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Harvesting rice at Wakching, 1970.
Harvesting rice in lines. On the slopes above and below groups of men and boys, and a few girls of Shoupa's family were cutting the rice. The harvesters cut sheaves of rice-stalks and left them on the ground to be picked up by small boys who in turn carried them to the threshing hut. The reapers worked in lines or semi-circles, shouting as they proceeded with surprising speed. The effect was almost that of a machine, and plots of high waving rice-plants were suddenly reduced to bare ground where only the large leaves of taro plants emerged from heaps of cut rice-stalks. Author: Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, personal diary.