THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

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THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

Ben Ayers

In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s remote Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around a forest spirit called Rongkemi. There, a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai who leads a group of villagers on a perilous expedition to harvest a precious yet poisonous wild honey. He is the only man in the community who has been blessed by a special dream allowing him to approach the hives, dangling hundreds of meters off of the ground on rope ladders. Nobody else in the community has had the dream and this, combined with creeping modernization, threatens to make this harvest his last.