Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 21:52:30 EST
From: PS Kuhlman GAKBC[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CUNYVM.BITNET
Subject: Re: The English for some Chinese terms
I believe yoke refers to any crossbar carried across the shoulders to
support two equal weights, usually buckets, on each side of the person.
A yoke normally has a frame to fit the traverse pole to the carrier's
neck and shoulder, but it may refer to a simpler apparatus like the
Chinese one as well. Perhaps this is a place to start in any case. As
you probably know, the most common meaning for yoke is a device to join
two draft animals, usually oxen.