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Lady of Anatolia
Siamese Villages and a Grass-Roofed Village Dwelling

LADY OF ANATOLIA

SIAMESE VILLAGERS AND A GRASS-ROOFED VILLAGE DWELLING

It is in Anatolia that one meets the purer Turkish type, with narrow, almost almond-shaped eyes, brown complexion, placid expression, and high cheekbones. Elsewhere inter-marriage has mixed Semitic and Aryan with Mongol blood. Most Siamese houses up-country stand on or near a river bank. When a young man marries he builds his home gradually. First of all a structure like this is made of teak if he be well-to-do, otherwise of bamboo with a grass roof. As time goes on, and the family increases, similar structures are added so as to form three sides of a square