Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 25, 2011

Historical Beekeeping Part. 2

A rock painting depicting a honey collecting scene. They’re collecting honey from an Apis Dorsata nest. The method of honey collecting is a tradition and is still caried out in parts of India and Nepal. The Honey Hunters will throw a ladder down the side of a cliff, after starting a fire at the bottom of the cliff to smoke the bees the hunters descend.

With bamboo poles they poke the comb till it drops off. They will collect this and place it in a basket hanging from a rope next to them.

In Sumatra Honey Hunters will climb a large tree and will cut the comb out. They protect themselves from the stings with a blanket covered in a special herb.

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