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Traditional Bee Hives and Honey collection: Burkina Faso

For all the honey lovers out there, have a look at the traditional bee hive from Burkina Faso, and see how the honey is harvested.

In Burkina Faso, the traditional bee hive is constructed using things like logs, reeds, mud and grass. For example, in a place like Zogore, a preferred hive is one with a cylindrical structure made of dry grass, lined with mud, which is hardened by fire. Special herbs are used to attract swarms of bees.

Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer
Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer/ PBase
 Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer
Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer/PBase
Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer
Traditional Bee. Photo: Christa Neuenhofer/PBase
Cutting open a traditional hive. Photos by David Noyes. munchies. vice. com
Cutting open a traditional hive. Photos by David Noyes/munchies. vice. com
The hive is then smoked with smoldering eucalyptus leaves. Photo: David Noyes/ Munchies.vice.com
The hive is then smoked with smoldering eucalyptus leaves. Photo: David Noyes/ Munchies.vice.com
Honeycombs within the traditional hive. Photo: David Noyes munchies.vice.com
Honeycombs within the traditional hive. Photo: David Noyes/munchies.vice.com
Honeycomb, Photo: David Noyes. munchies, vice, com
Honeycomb. Photo: David Noyes/munchies.vice.com
The combs were successfully extracted. Photo: David Noyes/Munchies.vice.com
The combs were successfully extracted. Photo: David Noyes/Munchies.vice.com

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