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@Wildflower posted:

U know I think gasitah was a thing attached to the back of the tractor or the ox for transporting paddy etc will ask me mother later.

my great grandfather owned the village where I spent my first 9 yrs ( until the govt bought it out and allowed them lifetime plots that they still had to pay property tax on) each of his sons had plots of land for house and 20 acre rice land. Some of them sold out to outsiders ( including my family) 3 sons had rice land, farm land and double lots until the school needed some of the land to build. Where I was born is still a double lot ( Django next time u visit ur friend u can see my home where my nana lived)

We called it “slide”…my dad made it.. looked like a wide boat. We had 2-3 of them ( my daddy’s  handy work). Whn the rice was  cut, they labourers tied it in “wads” which were left in the field. At the end if the day these were  loaded onto the slide n 2 bulls transported to our ‘watchhouse.  There my mom n bro made a stack ( which is wht we used as bed to sleep on ) . Whn the mashing started, my ma used to climb up n used grads knife to cut open those wads n throw down the sheaves. Then my dad n bro used pitchfork to scatter sheaves on the ‘karyan’. 4 bulls were yolked together n 1 tied to a middle walaba post n i used to hole the tail of the 2 nd or 3 rd bull n ‘guh round’ them to mash d paddy . That was 1 of my ‘jobs’ in the backdam (as a lil kid.. i stopped going to the backdam a yr after i started high sch.. end if my fun days)

Lynn
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