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Riang Hookah

A Smoking Device

The members of the Riang tribe of Tripura use a small device, called hookah, for smoking. This device consists of a water container on the top, a clay bowl at the bottom and a central tube which connects the two parts. The water container is constructed from a bamboo segment of fairly large diameter while the tube is made from a thin one.

Tobacco is stored in the bowl in a burning condition. To smoke from this hookah, one has to cup his hands over the open end of the water container and then draw the smoke through the gap in his hands. The smoke from the tobacco passes through the pipe and ends up in the water container.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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