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You Won’t Believe the Risks This Nepalese Tribe Takes to Collect Honey

Pic: Andrew Newey (C)

Pic: Andrew Newey (C)

The next time you’re buying a nice jar of organic honey at your local farmer’s market, think of the Gurung peopel of Nepal. This tribe of daredevils cling to rope ladders and use enormous poles called tangos to collect honey from cliff-side hives. Documentary photographer Andrew Newey documented this dying art while on a trip to central Nepal.

See all of his amazing photos at MyModernMet.com.

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The U.S. Government’s 1959 Memo On Yeti Encounters

Could the improper discovery or killing of a Yeti in Nepal have provoked an international incident? Slate writes:

Titled “Regulations Governing Mountain Climbing Expeditions in Nepal—Relating to Yeti,” this Foreign Service memo was issued from the American Embassy in Kathmandu on November 30, 1959. Did the U.S. government believe in the Yeti, as some cryptozoologists took the memo to mean?

The memo came at the end of a decade of strenuous Yeti-hunting. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest, and reported seeing large tracks. In 1954, the Daily Mail funded a sixteen-week “Snowman Expedition” to Everest to look for clues. And in the late 1950s, American oil millionaire Tom Slick bankrolled a number of Himalayan expeditions in search of the creature.

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Man-Eating Leopard Stalking Nepal: Fifteen Dead

Picture: Derek Ramsey (CC)

Shades of the man-eaters of Tsavo!

Via Newser:

A horrific story from western Nepal: Authorities are hunting for a man-eating leopard that may have killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy whose head was found in a forest, CNN reports. At most two leopards are behind the attacks, officials say, because man-eating leopards are so rare—and this one is unlikely to stop. “Since human blood has more salt than animal blood, once wild animals get the taste of salty blood they do not like other animals like deer,” says Maheshwor Dhakal, a government ecologist.

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Nepal to Crack Down on ‘Witchcraft’ Accusations

Via Skeptic:

Arnold Savage Henry Landor – 'Nepalese Woman'

Witchcraft is taken seriously in some areas of Nepal, and women accused of its practice have been beaten, tortured and in one high profile incident, burned alive. The Nepalese government is hoping to end such activities with strict laws aimed at punishing those who accuse others of witchcraft:

“Taking seriously the incident in Kathmandu, the government has decided in principle to enact a comprehensive anti-witchcraft law,” Trilochan Upreti, law secretary at the prime minister’s office, told Khabar. The proposed law treats witchcraft allegations seriously, with a convicted punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and an Rs 61,957.40 ($700) fine for those found to have levied false accusations.

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Famed Yeti Finger From Nepal Revealed To Be Human

yeti-fingerThe BBC reports some deeply disappointing news:

Scientists from Edinburgh Zoo have solved the riddle of a yeti finger taken from a Nepalese monastery half a century ago. The mummified remains have been held in the Royal College of Surgeons museum in London since the 1950s.

A DNA sample analysed by the zoo’s genetic expert Dr Rob Ogden has finally revealed the finger’s true origins — following DNA tests it has found to be human bone.

The yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is a legendary giant ape-like creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Despite the lack of evidence of its existence, the yeti myth retains a strong appeal in both Nepal and the west, where it became popular in the 19th century.

The finger, which was said to be from a yeti, was taken from a Nepalese monastery by an American explorer in the 1950s.

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Religious Sacrifice of 250,000 Animals Begins

Olivia Lang in Bariyapur, Nepal, reports for the Guardian:

The world’s biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.

The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.

With up to a million worshippers on the roads near the festival grounds, this year’s fair seems more popular than ever, despite vocal protests from animals rights groups who have called for it to be banned. “It is the traditional way, ” explained 45-year old Manoj Shah, a Nepali driver who has been attending the event since he was six, “If we want anything, and we come here with an offering to the goddess, within five years all our dreams will be fulfilled.” .

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