This is "W-w-w" - for a reason! The indigenous people of Nepal are real honey hunters
This is "W-w-w" - for a reason! The indigenous people of Nepal are real honey hunters
The indigenous people of Nepal are real honey hunters!

It would seem, who, no matter how Winnie the Pooh, knows a lot about the right honey? This funny bear cub, in search of his favorite treat, was ready to pretend to be a black cloud and fly in a balloon, but neither one nor the other helped him achieve the desired result! Turns out, the real honey hunters are the indigenous people of Nepal, scientists have established that in this territory a similar occupation was practiced for 13,000 years BC.

Using rope ladders, honey hunters descend to the hives Honey hunters balancing fearlessly over deep gorges, chipping off honeycombs

For some Nepalese villages, honey mining is the main source of income. In the foothills of the Himalayas, Laboriosa bees (this species is the largest on the planet) live, which build hives right on the rocks. Honey hunters, using wicker baskets and rope ladders, make their way to the hives with extraordinary dexterity. This is such a fascinating process that it has already become a kind of "visiting card" of tourist Nepal.

For the indigenous people of Nepal, honey mining is one of the main sources of income

Harvesting "honey" harvest occurs twice a year, when the hunters get together and go to the Himalayas. On average, it takes 2 - 3 hours to "process" one hive. Before starting work, the Nepalese perform a ritual sacrifice of flowers, fruits and rice. After that, they make a fire under the hive, and they themselves go down from above to carefully cut off the honeycomb with honey.

On average, it takes 2 - 3 hours to collect honey from one hive

This distinctive profession of the indigenous people of Nepal truly deserves admiration, since the skill with which honey hunters hang from sheer cliffs, fearlessly balancing over deep gorges, would be the envy of the best equilibrists. It is difficult for a modern civilized person to imagine such working conditions, the risk that Nepalese take in order to collect precious honey. For them, it is an integral part of culture, their measured course of life, an amazing skill that is passed down from generation to generation. Small nations are like unique patterns in the kaleidoscope of our civilization. Their originality, dissimilarity to the civilized world - this is the treasure that must be cherished. It was this thought that formed the basis of the art project Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion by American photographer Phil Borges, who managed to capture the inhabitants of Tibet - representatives of endangered cultures and speakers of rare languages!

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