Fishing on Stilts in Sri Lanka

If you ever  traveling and find yourself off the south east coast of India, you will find the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. A wonderful island paradise with many cultures and religions. They have a way of using stilts that is unique. The fisherman of the island, wade off shore several feet where they drive a long pole a few feet down in the water. Using ropes they lash a ladder up to a pole called a petta. They climb up these Amazing stilts and drop there fishing line in the water. The idea is that they don't scare the fish off like you would with a net or by wading. This fishing practice is not nearly as ancient as the culture. It seams they Started stilt fishing around or shortly after world war II. Stilt fishing is a dying art, commercial fishing and modern civilization is changing the culture and the fishing schools for the area.

 

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