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Evolution of Hunting and Fishing

Time brings about changes in the ancient traditions. Buy bride wild pigs is considered bad form. Shoot in the forest - it's undignified. The groom has to show that he is a solid, raised pigs himself. So when suckling pig one year old, he beat out the upper teeth, and then the lower canines grow large and curved. A pig can not be confused with the wild.

In some tribes have gone further. Valuable currency began to consider is simply curved tusks, and the more curved - the more valuable. And this is a similar bill. After all, colored papers, too, only "ambassador" gold bar, lying in a bank vault. Another hard currency for the Polynesians - cowrie shells. Their export from the Solomon Islands. Remember, Jack London - "Scary Solomon Islands"? And not just from Solomon, and from the island Auki, and it is from the lagoon, Lang Lang.

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Auki so small that it can only grow coconut palms. No yams or taro, or bananas, or beloved by all breeding pigs can not. Of course, you can eat a fish, but why bother when you can come up and fish, which no one could learn, in addition to local residents. In Central Europe, some countries, resource-poor, too, have relied on skill. Switzerland, for example ... Sinks, money alone is not. They need a lot more work, until they become marketable. Auki to produce three types of money from three different types of shells. It must be said that the production of money involved only women. (This is understandable, but she knows how much she needs for the family budget.) And men supply raw materials, fishing in the lagoon basin. Familiarity with the customs of the white has left its mark here. Now, instead of diving, the islanders prefer to buy the shells on the neighboring islands.

Money doing so. Women carefully inspect each bowl, throwing useless. Then divide the stone hammer shell, giving each fragment of a more or less circular shape. Round pieces of shell are ground on a mortar board, immersed in water. Then in each coin drilled hole and strung on a string. Money - it's about a bunch of circles in five hundred. Its length is 90 inches. Of black smoke shells make the cheapest money. But red money - rongo - the most expensive. They are derived from the shells of rum produced at very great depths. Make a red coin, too easy. That it has acquired the desired red color, it is baked on hot stones.

Red money has long been interested Europeans. Back in the late XIX century, they learned that the Papuans of New Guinea Gold is mined in the mountains of sand. Products white man they did not take. They needed a pig - the bride. Pigs can be bought on the shell money. White sailed Auki, the red money for alcohol and textiles. Then on the neighboring islands changed their pigs, pigs transported Papuans, resulting in the coveted gold. Truly love - motor industry.

Stone Bank

But the residents of Yap Island with Caroline Archipelago surpassed all others. In coastal waters of the island there are no suitable shells, but a few dozen miles away is an uninhabited island of Palau. It is valuable in that it consists of limestone. Any resident of Yap could sit in the canoe and go to Palau for wealth. After all, carved out of limestone blocks are huge, two-meter in diameter, similar to millstones kruglyashi considered the island Yap money. Round - to make it easier to roll with a hole - to push the beam loading on the cake. They are called Fe. The more Fe, the more expensive. The largest specimens reach 2.5 meters in diameter and weighs nearly 5 tons. Such money will not steal, and if they steal, you can not hide. They lie in peace near the houses and along the roads. All of my account, and when the transaction is sufficient to agree on a transition Fe in the property of the new owner, but with no place to touch. Similarly, in the European banks covers transactions through documents, but the real gold is still locked in the vault. This money, in contrast to other exotic currencies have experienced the effects of inflation. True, the fault of the white man.

A white man and inflation

In the 70-ies of the XIX century, the island was shipwrecked captain O'Keefe. The islanders rescued him. He lived among them, learned habits, their spiritual and material values. After leaving the island, O'Kifi bought a schooner and went to the island of Palau. From there, he brought dozens of Fe, exchanging them for the islanders copra. Previously, many of the money pie hunters died in the sea. Captain O'Kifi produce Fe was much easier than the islanders. The money received from O'Kifi entailed by inflation. But the economy of the island held. Under pressure from the elders agreed that cutting down Fe limestone will only aborigines - in a quantity regulated elders. Safe delivery of cargo to the island of Fe and The Wizard O'Kifi, for which he receives a specified amount of copra.

This tandem has worked for several years to everyone's satisfaction, until the island was captured by Germany. German colonizers instantly banned from this idyll and traditional currency too. The amazing money can talk for a long time. In Haiti, for example, at one time as money had circulation pumpkin. Until now, the coin is called Gourde (pumpkin). In other islands were in exchange sharks teeth and dogs, bird claws and feathers, carved wooden masks. But, alas, the world has almost no isolated places where you do not have penetrated the metal circles or rectangles of colored paper. Amazing money, more and more of interest only to connoisseurs, collectors and organizers of tourist business.