wild honey cover


(TruthSeekerDaily) 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.

All photos courtesy Andrew Newey. They are are republished here with permission. You can find him on Facebook.

“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.”

wild honey1

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.
wild honey2

wild honey3
 
 

The majority of the massive hives are located on steep, south-west facing cliffs
to avoid predators and for increases exposure to direct sunlight.
wild honey4

wild honey5

The autumn honey hunt requires three days and is preceded by
a ceremony meant to placate the cliff Gods.
wild honey6

wild honey7

wild honey8

The honey is lowered to a team of helpers waiting below.
wild honey9

wild honey10

wild honey11

Credits: This article was originally featured on: [IO9] via [TheMindUnleashed]