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Primitive Fish Trap Still Used in Jungles Today Is So Simple It's Brilliant

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With the advancement of technology and the ways it brings us all together, we are able to get a glimpse into the lives of others and witness the way things are done in other cultures.

This was not always possible. Now, more than ever, multiple cultures previously separated by time and space are progressing at a similar rate and in a similar direction through the unifying power of easy communication.

Sometimes, though, we get a peek at what life is like in cultures that have not yet merged. They preserve the old ways, the way that things have always been done.

To our surprise, the older ways are sometimes the best. With consumerism and cheap products clogging up the market now, we’ve gotten used to instant, low-quality products, but we also tend to think that newer is better.

Take the category of fishing, for example. While fishing is seen as a recreational activity in much of the USA, it has been a matter of survival for most people throughout most of history.

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The typical idea of fishing may be a person with a fishing pole, sitting along the river with a folding chair and a beer. If you think a little more rustically, you may conjure up an image of a boy with a string tied to a stick.

But there are other ways, involving nets and traps and spears. It seems crazy that in a day where we have devices that will track fish underwater there are people who will get down and dirty to catch their meals.

This video shows how some people go fishing in Vietnam. The body of water is small and muddy — there’s no way you’d be able to spot a fish in it.

So the method can’t be based on seeing the fish and aiming at it. Instead, a large wire basket is used to locate and scoop up fish.

The man in the video gets into the water, feels around, and then places the wire basket down in a section of the pond.

He moves the basket around, feeling for any movement and agitating the water in an attempt to scare potential fish to the surface.

It’s clear he’s caught something: a large fish thrashes at the surface of the water. As he turns the basket to try and scoop the fish out of the water, it manages to get free and darts into the muddy water.

He feels around again, trying to locate the large fish, and makes another attempt to corner it. This time, he is successful, and he lifts the fish out of the water.

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The fish is then laid on the ground and examined. It’s a large fish, easily over a foot in length.

After cleaning the outside of the fish, the cook rubs the scales with what looks like a lime (citrus and fish are a fantastic combo the world around!).

Oil is heated up in a pan, and the fish is dropped in. As it cooks, the scales peel up and detach from the fish.

It’s served with greens, and the meat and vegetables are wrapped up in rice paper and dipped in sauce. It looks delicious, and all thanks to a time-honored fishing method!

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking