By Oscar Pascual |
You may smoke one daily and/or spill the spoiled used water, but have you ever thought about the historical origins of the bong?
The question was recently asked when a Reddit user claimed to have found an ancient African relic while diving, National Marijuana News reports.
After providing photos of a crusty old bong to fellow redditors, the particular piece turned out to be a replica of a bong design dating all the way back to the 18th century.
Could the original be the world’s first bong?
According to DabsMag, the answer is no.”
They found that the earliest written record of anyone using hookahs dates back to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty in China, which at the time was a major cultural center for cannabis and hemp cultivation. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad bet to say bongs originate from Asia, as they are designed to work similarly to a hukkah.
But according to archaeologist JC Dombrowski, the bong did come from Africa. While its use has never been historically documented, similar water pipes and appliances found in Ethiopia and other parts of eastern and central Africa have been carbon dated as far back as the 1300s.
The fact that Africans got stoned some 200 years prior to China’s recorded history of weed means that the bongs do indeed originate from Africa, making the Redditor’s find a legitimate historical artifact, if only a few hundred years older. .
Regardless of its more recent age, this old bong is still a cool find.
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