Molinos de agua en Angola / Watermills in Angola

by R Kuerbovich January. 22, 2021 672 views
la presa está al fondo / the dam is at the background

la presa está al fondo / the dam is at the background

La provincia de Bié, en Angola, tiene una tierra fértil cruzada por infinidad de ríos y arroyos. Uno de ellos es el río Membia, donde en su tiempo los colonos portugueses construyeron una pequeña presa. Tras franquear la presa, el caudal del río disminuye y discurre sobre una zona de rocas, lo que fue aprovechado por los locales para construir molinos.

The province of Bié, in Angola, has a fertile land crossed by countless rivers and streams. One of them is the Membia River, where Portuguese settlers once built a small dam. After crossing the dam, the flow of the river decreases and runs over a rocky area, where locals built mills.

las captaciones de los molinos están hechas en madera / the water captations of the mills are made in wood

las captaciones de los molinos están hechas en madera / the water captations of the mills are made in wood

Los molinos están construidos siguiendo una técnica llamada "pau a pique", que consiste en una estructura reticular en madera que da la forma a la construcción donde se inserta barro mezclado con paja. El techo es tambien de paja

The mills are built following a technique called "pau a pique", which consists of a reticular wooden structure that gives shape to the construction where mud mixed with straw is inserted. The roof is also made of straw

grupos de ciudadanas que traen su grano a moler / group of citizens bringing their grain to mill

grupos de ciudadanas que traen su grano a moler / group of citizens bringing their grain to mill

moliendo granos de maíz / milling maize grains

moliendo granos de maíz / milling maize grains

Me gustaba creer que el molido despacio y suave que proporciona el Membia era el toque secreto que hacía aquel pan tan delicioso.

I liked to believe that the slow and gentle grinding provided by the Membia was the secret touch that made that bread so delicious.

bollitos de pan de leña a la venta! / wood-fired bread rolls for sale!

bollitos de pan de leña a la venta! / wood-fired bread rolls for sale!

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John Barrow 2 months ago

This is fascinating. Thank you for posting.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to John Barrow 2 months ago

Thanks to you for your comment!

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Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

Structures that grow out of the landscape using local materials. Even here in Devon, the traditional building material was Cobb with thatched roofs. There are still one or two Cobb buildings around and plenty of thatch. Cobb is a mixture of earth, straw and lime. I should think in remote parts of Africa without good transport links it has the advantage of being easily maintained with local knowledge and materials.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

Hi Gethin, thanks for your comment. You are totally right about the materials.

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Again, a different way of seeing the world. I had a lot of family living in Angola and when I was young I used to hear their stories about Africa in awe.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Glad you Like the post Antonio. It would be so interesting to see some of the pictures taken by your relatives in Angola!

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating images!grinning

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Jay!smilesmile

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Jay Boggess Replied to R Kuerbovich 2 months, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure! Nice work and commentary!+1

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Francesc 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Magnífico trabajo y fotos...Un placer conocer esos mundos.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Francesc 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Gracias por tu elogioso comentario! Me alegro que te haya gustado el post

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