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E.P. Atta Koya Thangal demonstrating hand and finger measurements. Lakshadweep

E P Atta Koya Thangal, demonstrates boat building carpentry measurements using the hand and fingers. These methods also having a bearing on methods of appraising star altitude, as elaborated in her book, The Rahmani of Kunhi kunhi Malmi.

According the the mesurements indicated by EP Koya Thangal, the scale would be as follows:

1 mushti = 6 inches 1 double mushti = 1 foot 5 single mushti = 1 kole 1 kole = 2 and a half feet

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