Bong - baung word history of bongs

Smoking from a bong - baungThe word bong is an adaptation of Thai word baung , meaning a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe, or container cut from bamboo stem. The Thai word passed into the English language during the Vietnam War when five American military bases were located in Thailand. Soldiers used to pick up habbits from villagers including smoking cannabis in a Thai kind of pipe called baung. Later the word baung was transformed into bong and brought back to America with troops. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word bong dates to a piece in the January 1971 issue of the Marijuana Review, which said: "Many thanks to Scott Bennett.. for the beautiful special bong he made for my pipe collection."

But could the Thai instead have adopted that word from the Africans? In modern day Kenya, right where Mary Leakey found her water pipe, lives a rapidly disappearing tribe called the Bong’om. Their language is also called Bong’om. Across the continent we find Bong County, Liberia. It is named after Mount Bong. Did all of these Africans cling to some Thai word for a piece of cut bamboo? Or… could the early Thai stoners have named their most beloved device after the people who invented it?

Lovely story, huh ?! Besides one cannot call her/himself a stoner if one haven't mastered a bong :-)

 
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Holland bong metal stem 2 holes
$16.04 / €13.26
Holland bong metal stem 2 holes
In my opinion it's an amazing bong for the price! It can be a little tricky to assemble and there are no instructions. You want to put the rubber pieces in both holes then slowly slide the stem through the bottom rubber piece. Once assembled it smokes great. It has a nice sized chamber for the price. I think it's possible to put too much water in the bong and it can be hard to get continuous suck-age; if you have this happen just poor some of the water out.
Size: 38cm
Bamboo Bong With Leaf
$28.67 / €23.68
Bamboo Bong With Leaf
A sturdy durable bong that rips hard when kept clean. Beautiful pot leaf blazed on a black stem makes for a gorgeous bong. Built from standardized bong parts allowing for easy switching of metal bowl, metal down tube, and rubber mouthpiece ring. Switching up parts makes this bong fun.
Size: 29cm
"This bamboo bong is perfect if smoking with 2-3 other people or by yourself. The best features are the sturdy-as-hell bamboo and the smooth hits you get as long as you keep it clean."
"Sweet bong! I replaced all the standard parts that it came with for my own personal pieces. Very easy. The pot leaf is large. It's a really cool bong. Looks great in my room. My friends and I love this bong. Hits like a champ. Pot leaf looks great too."
Fluorescent Plastic Bong
$12.75 / €10.53
Fluorescent Plastic Bong
Have you ever been to a club, dancing in a fluorescent light and wondering how it would be to smoke weed in such ethereal surrounding? If your answer is yes, now you have a chance to try it with our Fluorescent Plastic Bong. A combination of sweet smoke and cool light is just amazing and will shurely give you one of the most intriguing experiences while talking about smoking. This outstanding member of our Bongs Family waits for you to meet him.
Size: 29.8cm