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Socotran "lighter"

Admin  [ 16.07.2009 ]
 My life on the island of Socotra  


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Socotra’s museum is worth visiting if for no other reason than to see how locals make a fire by friction. A trained Socotran man needs only two minutes to light a fire with just the right bit of twig, but not all Socotrans are skilled to do that...

You can buy this Socotran “lighter” in a honey shop located at the main street of Hadiboh. A set for fire obtaining is rather simple - two parts of soft and hard species of wood pivoting friction of which makes possible heat production and fire generation.



A short video-clip:




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