Known as an excellent raw material used to produce high-value products such as essential oils, Agarwood bracelets, etc., but few people really understand the origin and journey of exploiting and using this tree. Join Ky Nam Huong to find out the journey of people looking for agarwood to find out why Agarwood is of such high value!
I. Finding Agarwood (Oud) – Mysterious Tales
Before the journey into the forest to find agarwood, people looking for agarwood will gather in a group. Members of a group are usually family members or people living in the same area. Choosing close people to combine into a bass hunting team helps to keep the trust of team members.
Legend has it that when they go to the forest to hunt agarwood, they often suck on wormwood to have good health and a more stable spirit. It is rumored that if the wormwood dissolves but the husband still cannot find Agarwood, they will grow hairs and turn into tigers, staying forever in the deep forest. It is also said that in areas with a lot of Agarwood incense, if tigers are burned, tigers will lose their fur and reappear in human form.
In the process of preparing to go to the jungle, they also have to follow other unwritten rules. A husband and wife must not touch women to keep their mind pure because Agarwood is the accumulated quintessence of heaven and earth. The husband and wife also have to prepare psychologically not to be greedy - angry - delusional before entering the forest because Ba Chi bestows blessings on those who are not greedy and live a good life.
II. Finding Agarwood – A Journey in the Deep Forest
When the journey begins, they will officially face the dangers of thousands of hairs hanging. Wild animals, extreme weather conditions, malaria and agarwood loggers are the dangers that always lurks in the face of the husband and wife.
1/ Agarwood seekers need both health and mental strength
Agarwood seekers must have a strong health to fight minor illnesses. In addition, they need to have a stable mind to be able to deal well with the problems encountered in the forest. For example, the leader of the delegation must be someone with steel spirit, voice and ability to lead and lead the group.
Just a few small mistakes, if united, the bass hunt is considered a failure. Because hidden behind disrespect are unpredictable dangers. Those who do not unite with the group can sell out the whole group to forest robbers, exploited agarwood thieves, stealing food, etc.
Agarwood hunters have the notion that agarwood cannot be eradicated. They always leave a spare part of agarwood, a part to bless other husbands and wives who are lucky enough to find them, in case they are robbed of the exploited part by loggers, they can still return to the old place to get it.
2/ Forest robbers - The incalculable danger of agarwood hunters
Forest robbers often consider the husband and wife as delicious prey. If they meet the agarwoods when they have just finished mining, they are lucky to get the valuable agarwood. And if they meet them when they have not exploited anything, they automatically rob them of food and money and kidnap them for ransom.
III. Looking for Agarwood (Oud)- consuming agarwood is not easy
After finding agarwood, agarwood seekers quickly divide agarwood and then separate it out of the forest to avoid encountering forest robbers. Agarwood hunters have an implicit rule that whoever finds agarwood will receive the largest share of the group.
After coming out of the forest, agarwood seekers find and sell agarwood to collectors. Such hardships are so, but they are easily pressured by buyers, bargaining. The trade-off of dangers can rob a strong family, but sometimes bass hunters don't get the money they deserve.
There are many people who spend decades going from one forest to another. Leaving their homeland and family behind, they still haven't found the gold of the majestic grandeur in their whole lives. Then we see that Agarwood is worth not only because of their origin, value and rarity, but also because of the efforts to get it from agarwood hunters.