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Aping - viaggio nella cambogia delle tarantole

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Aping - viaggio nella cambogia delle tarantole

Titolo inglese: Aping - a journey in the cambodia of tarantulas
Anno: 2006
Durata: 1'

Colore: Color
Formato: DVCAM
Lingua originale: khmer
Sottotitolo: x
Genere: Arts & Culture & Ethnography
Paese di produzione: Italia

in modern cambodia, a curious cooking tradition still survives today. in popular markets and in some restaurants of the capital phnom penh, you can taste fried tarantulas as a delicious and expensive delicacy. the main site for this trade is the village of skun, whose inhabitants seem to have started eating tarantulas during pol potís communist regime to make up for a severe lack of nourishment which characterized that period. the consumption of tarantulas, according to medical traditions, is a remedy for muscular injuries, and this is another reason for its success. ignoring the risk to be bit by tarantulas, hunters challenge their fate every day, driving out the spiders from their holes in the ground with a rather approximate technique. the spider trade in skun has reached today impressive dimensions. one of the main wholesale dealers supplies twenty to thirty thousand spiders a week, and each seller, every two or three days, has to fry in oil and other spices hundreds of tarantulas to satisfy the customers that pass by on the road that connects the capital to the angkor wat temples, the countryís main tourist site. the hunting of spiders in the surrounding woods has practically brought to the extinction of this arachnid, so that today in skun tarantulas are imported from more remote and uncontaminated areas of the country like the virgin forest of preah vihear . in this region an ethnic minority changed its traditional hunting activity into spider pickers. to earn a few ce