The Rai are the honey gatherers of the Himalayas in Nepal. The men harvest honey from the combs of the giant rock bees (the largest in the world) hanging to the steep cliffs of the world’s highest mountains.
The harvest ritual begins with a prayer and offering of flowers, fruits and rice, then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs.
From the top of the cliff, a honey hunter descends harnessed to a ladder by ropes and must fight the bees as he cuts out chunks of honey comb that are caught by the men below.
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