National Geographic : 1951 May
4 Central Asia's Surprise: Window Boxes in Leh Moslem father (right), who could take four wives, and Lamaist mother (left), who is entitled to several husbands, have compromised on monogamy. Because Leh people are tolerant, intermarriage is common. © National Geographic Society 616 Kodachromes by Volkmar Wentzel + A Farm Girl Wears Her Fortune on Her Head This cobralike headdress, peculiar to Ladakhis, is known as the peyrak. It consists of a long broad strap studded with tur quoises (page 627). Since a girl's dowry may be invested in these jewels, a fortune-hunting suitor may estimate her worth at a glance. Black lambskin ear muffs stick up like wings. The apparent comb is a wooden grain fork. -- No Baby Carriages in the Himalayas. Seen in Kashmir, the daughter of a vacationing Sikh couple rides a servant's back.