Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 21:52:30 EST From: PS Kuhlman 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.