January 17, 2012



The Tibetan word khal means both “burden, load” and “twenty, score.”  According to Jäschke, 1 khal =   “bushel,” a dry measurement  = 20 bre (a measurement) and thus = a score, or 20 things of the same kind. So “twenty” bre would make the average weight of a standard “load” or “luggage.” Note that also according to the numerical system of Tshangs-lha, “one khal” (khal thur) means twenty, and that 100 = 5 khal (khal lnga), and so on.


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