Zulu hemp pipe

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South Africa; pair of West Africa Gourd pipes; bronze long pipe with bronze antelope fittings; Luba ceremonial pipe (woman) from Congo; pictured here with a Zulu battle axe. From the Johnny Long collection – UK603Hon

Hemp Pipes

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Hemp (Cannabis) was being smoked in southern Africa prior to van Riebeeck’s 1652 arrival in the Cape. The Hottentots called it dagga. It is assumed that hemp arrived in the region from Asia through Arab east coast trade. Tobacco was introduced to Africa from the Americas by the Portuguese between the 15th and 16th Centuries. It became widespread in the … Read More