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the ancient stone mill

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 8 August 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The paddy you saw yesterday is filled in the hole in these pounding stones and pounded to dehusk them. In fact a lot of grains/ lentils can be powdered usinbg this. This photo was taken in a Temple premises where the consecration of the temple took place. A paste made with herbs was made using this stone. You will see the herbs in the next photo.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Those factor could work.

8 Aug 2013 5:20am

@Jypyä Pop: It works !! And the process retains the bran..which gets polished off in the electric machines:-)

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A very clever way to grind the grain before the invention of modern machinery. A beautiful photo, thank you for the explanation.
Have a good day.

8 Aug 2013 6:28am

@gerard1948: We had this in our homes years ago. I have bought miniatures of the grinding stones to show my grandchildren to make them realise how hard things were those days !!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Huge pestles!

8 Aug 2013 7:06am

@Curly: Yes ! Gigantic:-)))

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I love the way that you are documenting your culture's history

8 Aug 2013 7:06am

@CElliottUK: Thank you Chris...I appreciate :-)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great framing of it !

8 Aug 2013 9:14am

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene :-)

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition!!!! j'aime !!!

8 Aug 2013 9:23am

@Martine Libouton: Merci Martine :-)

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

DEs textures et couleurs superbes.... ))

8 Aug 2013 12:59pm

@tataray: Merci Tataray :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful view of these mortars Devi! I have a similar one, though slightly smaller, that I use in my kitchen! ;-)

8 Aug 2013 1:14pm

@Eric Cousineau: That sounds great Eric !! I have a small one to which I use to powder pepper or cardamoms etc. :-))) And mt Grandma had a mini one too to pound the betel leaves and areca nuts!!!

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Fine grinding stones sometimes have surely been the most important tool in your home to give the grain use!:-))Haleja.

Happy Thursday my friend Devi!

8 Aug 2013 1:31pm

@Oiva: Yes OIva and in quite a few villages where people own fields this procedure goes on :-)

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful colors, lights & textures!

8 Aug 2013 1:52pm

@omid: Thank you Omid :-)))

helys from Paris, France

So marvelous
Great shapes, colors, DOF

8 Aug 2013 1:59pm

@helys: Thank you Helys :-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I like carved stone elements in antiquity!

8 Aug 2013 2:57pm

@Adela Fonts: I love them too Adela :-)

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Thanks for the very interesting reply yesterday. Really enjoying this series, and the information!

8 Aug 2013 3:03pm

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Nice shot.
Very interesting information of your culture.

8 Aug 2013 3:25pm

@ursulakatariina: Thank you Ursula :-)

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbes ces anciennes pierres de moulin, elles ont dû en écraser du grain!!! Bonne journée Devi.

8 Aug 2013 3:42pm

@Tede: Merci Tede :-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. An interesting image of "Ural" pounding stones. Nice textures and shapes.
I like your presentations especially in this series. Well done. Thank you, Devi. :)

8 Aug 2013 4:14pm

@Sam: Thank you Sam :-))))))))))))))))) The pounding of the Ashtabandhanam was done in the evening and by the time I went the next morning, the "ulakkai " had been taken home by the villager who loaned these to the Temple!! May be I will take a shot of the ural and ulakkai sometime :-)

El pare from Catalonia, new state in Europe, Andorra

Always interesting to see.

8 Aug 2013 4:47pm

@El pare: Thank you El pare :-)))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Excellent old mill stones that seem to have been used for centuries.

8 Aug 2013 4:51pm

@Steve Rice: I suppose so Steve :-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe vielle pierres et image quelle vue fantastique compo.

8 Aug 2013 5:52pm

@Nicou: Merci Nicou :-)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the contrast of color and texture - this looks like hard work.

8 Aug 2013 7:45pm

@Ruthiebear: Not really. Two people do this simultaneously and it is a sight to watch. They sing while pounding and the work gets over in no time. I have done this for fun in my teen age in my home:-)))The wooden poles are light ..ah!!! No body needed to go to gym or jog with work like this which kept women in great shape!!!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

They do look really ancient.

8 Aug 2013 9:13pm

@B. Thomas: They are ...coming down from generations!!!

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great shot of these interesting mill stones and excellent information ...

8 Aug 2013 11:39pm

@Baldwin Vandewalle: Thank you Baldwin :-)))

nadi from tehran,tabriz, Iran

nice shot

9 Aug 2013 12:50am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Too heavy for me... but they look nice!

9 Aug 2013 12:35pm

@Marilla: They are !!! But we don't have to carry them :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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