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A porter carries objects. Human adaptability and flexibility early led to the use of humans for transporting gear. Uneven terrain (such as in mountains, alleyways and markets) and a lack of formed roads (such as in jungle) makes the use of porters (or bearers) economic where one can obtain relatively cheap labour.


Porters appeared extensively in the ancient world as "beasts of burden". Ancient Sumerians enslaved women to carry wool and flax. Porters still carry things in many third-world countries, especially where animals (camels, oxen, horses, dogs) or machines (carts, lorries, ships, trains, aircraft) have not taken over their traditional functions. The Sherpa people of Nepal have established a reputation as specialist porters. A Beast of Burden is an animal that toils for the benefit of humans such as a mule or an ox. ... It has been suggested that Edubba be merged into this article or section. ... For the Jamaican reggae band, see Third World (band). ... The word Sherpa originally referred to an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Niple, high into the Himalayas (although many of them now live in India). ...


The term "porter" sometimes refers to airport or hotel employees, but generally refers to relatively menial labor.


Porters who work at railway stations in India are called coolies. Coolie refers to unskilled laborers from Asia of the 1800s to early 1900s who were sent to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, North Africa and the West Indies. ...


An example of a porter who works in the United Kingdom includes both men and women, however, mostly men, who move, and push shopping trolleys around at various supermarkets including ASDA and Tesco.


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Porter (carrier) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (206 words)
Porters appeared extensively in the ancient world as "beasts of burden".
Porters still carry things in many third-world countries, especially where animals (camels, oxen, horses, dogs) or machines (carts, lorries, ships, trains, aircraft) have not taken over their traditional functions.
Porters who work at railway stations in India are called coolies.
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