Strata: Portraits of Humanity, September 2018
Strata: Portraits of Humanity, September 2018 (Lanzhou Waterwheel; Iranian New Year ritual)
Text: (1) The art of making the Lanzhou Waterwheel was all but lost in the 21st century. Duan Yicun, the 20th descendent of the original Chinese Yellow River Waterwheel inventor, struggles to compete in the modern waterwheel market and to pass on the heritage of his craft. (2) In a ceremony with much meaning to Shiite Muslims in Iran, but which has much more ancient origins, a group of traditional people in Shahrud, Semnan Province, perform their ablution a few hours before the start of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
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