Iran’s «Lilliput»: in the millennial village remained small dwellings abnormally low men

Iran’s «Lilliput»: in the millennial village remained small dwellings abnormally low men

A century ago the village was inhabited by Mechanic people growth of about one meter.

In the first part of the book by Jonathan swift the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver mentions the fictional country of Lilliput, inhabited by dwarfs, which are five times fewer people. Although the lilliput is just an invention of the author, in one Iranian village people really lived growth of about one meter.

The village Mechanic located in the East of Iran, 75 kilometers from the border with Afghanistan. His age about a thousand years. A century ago people lived here a growth of 50 centimeters lower than most of the then population, writes the BBC. That is an adult resident of the village was hardly more than one meter. This newspaper has learned from the scientists and archaeologists who have conducted research here.

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The main reason for this anomaly – a bad diet of Mechanica. To raise animals, it was difficult in this arid desert region. And turnips, corn, barley and local dates – jujube was the only one that grew up and used the population of the village. That is, everyone ate a «vegetarian» dishes that could be prepared from it.

The most amazing tradition here for tea. Local despised the drink, however, this applies not only to Mechanica.

«When I was a kid, no one drank tea. If the person drank tea all joked and said that he was a drug addict,» says Ahmad Rahnama, Director of the Museum, dedicated to architecture and traditions of ancient Mechanika.

In addition, the peasants didn’t eat imported food because of lack of roads. It also hindered the construction of houses – people were required to produce building materials and their transport by small trucks, where necessary. But because the old building is such a clay hut that thisnotice packs. To our times remained of the order of 200 buildings, 80 of which are particularly small. Their height ranges from 1.5 to 2 meters. Inside as they responded to the growth of the then population and did not exceed 1.4 metres. However, such housing is easier to heat in cold weather. The ancient architecture and the internal arrangement of the premises can be viewed today for wooden doors hiding an inconspicuous room, about 10 square meters. You find a stove for cooking, a place where the grain was stored, and «bed».

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Due to the fact that for a long time here there was no road, the ancient village has remained intact to this day. Merchants and tourists, saw Mechanic only after the 1950s, when it was paved. And although the people now rise to the usual growth, the situation is still complicated. Men are engaged in agriculture, while the women weave baskets. In General, all survive due to government payments.

The Director of the Museum of the history Mounika counting on the influx of travellers to the settlement with a unique architecture that will allow residents to enjoy tourist business. While that is still mostly old-timers and young people leave Iran’s «lilliput».

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We will remind, earlier it was told about the European town of Baarle, which is divided between Belgium and the Netherlands. The distinction between countries is so complicated that is literally dwelling people. That is, it turns out that one room is located on the Belgian lands, and the other in the Netherlands. After a few steps, the man is in a neighboring country.

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