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A traditional lighter from Socotra when there were no matches and no dakaakiin (shops) on the island in 1978-79..


Almost every Socotran man when travelling across the island by feet had such a perfect gadget and a locally made iron rounded knife in one of his hands.

And as a quatrain of Soqotri wisdom short poetry says:

I shall take upon myself

To meet with who knows me!

I shall light up for myself

The fire by my tinder!

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