This is one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen. A brilliant concept. Living bridges created by the twined roots of trees. I know it wouldn’t work here in New England. Wrong climate, wrong trees … but if we could, how great would that be? Maybe not for cars, but for foot traffic, totally cool. Talk about cooperating with nature. Great pictures, too.
They are live, gain strength each day, marvel of nature, bless the tribals, live in perfect harmony and pride of Meghalaya.
Yes, I am talking about the centuries old live root bridges which is a tribal art ofcarefullymanipulating the roots of a tree into a live bridge, basically for the commuting purpose to cross rivers and streams.
Khasi people have been trained to grow these bridges across the raised banks of streams to form root bridges made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots that are perched atop huge boulders along the streams or the riverbanks.
These root bridges are located in and around Cherrapunji/Sohra, Meghalaya, the wettest state of India. Some of these root bridges are more than 150 years old and strong enough to carry…
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