HUNZA: Exit the Apricot Prince

Hunza is a very small state. It lies in the Karakoram Mountains north of Pakistan. The 40,000 or so Hunzarwals live on barley and millet but they love apricots. In Hunza, for instance, it was long customary for a pretty girl to refuse to marry anyone who lived in one of the few places where apricots did not grow. After marriage (mothers-in-law often went along on the honeymoon) wives would practice a unique form of birth control: if a woman became pregnant she stayed away from her husband's bed until the child was weaned two years later. A Hunzarwal saying...

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