National Geographic : 1929 Jun
Photograph by Eleanor Lattimore THOUGH MUCH MARRIED, A PANAMIK GIRL REMAINS COQUETTISH Polyandry flourishes in Ladakh. The laughing young woman wears the matron's headdress that proves she has one or more husbands. Her hair, puffed out like a wig, is full of grease and has never been washed. Lumps of turquoise decorate her cap. THE LADAKH MOTHER CARRIES HER BABY INABASKET Partly because of the scarcityoflive stock inacountry where grazing is scant, burdens must be borneinmany places on the backs ofthe natives. As packers, the men are little sturdier than their wives. This woman has her hair braided into flat muffsover her ears. Itisnever combed out.