Many of us that have never been to Africa or outside the United States or any other home country often wonder if what we see on TV and the news is true. I will admit that many things are not as they seem, but the one true thing is.
They do carry things on their heads, like we use our arms and shoulders. I think this must be where the expression Use Your Head comes from.
I have seen so much here in South Africa, the ladies all carry the heaviest of things on their heads. I have seen them lug 25 liters (+/- 5 gallon) buckets full of water on their heads, and they do it with such ease.
So the next time you see images and these ladies have things on their heads carrying them around, you can rest assured it is true.