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Twice each year, the Gurung tribespeople of Central Nepal risk their lives collecting wild honey from the world's largest hives high up on Himalayan cliffs. Travel photographer Andrew Newey recently spent two weeks capturing this ancient but dying art.
"For hundreds of years, the skills required to perform this dangerous task have been passed down through the generations" writes Newey, "but now both the bees and traditional honey hunters are in short supply."
To collect the honey, the hunters use nothing more than handmade rope ladders and long sticks called tangos. Smoke is used to drive thousands of angry Apis laboriosa — the largest honey bee in the world.
The autumn honey hunt requires three days and is preceded by a ceremony meant to placate the cliff gods.
reply to post by St0rD
I have a friend, who lives out in the boonies, who raises bees and harvests honey. We do "shows" together and I like to tease her customers, telling them, "She's the lady who actually milks the bees to get the honey!" It's funny how many people believe me!
Anyway, great thread topic! Bookmarked! I'm going to show it to her next weekend, the first time she complains about her hard work! LOL!