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Copal Torches
Image of a Korubo woman and girl making jewelry by the light of copal resin torches.  The Korubo use the flammable resinous sap of the copal tree (Crepidosperum goudotianum) to make copal torches.  The Korubo collect the resin when they find a tree in the forest with a lot of sap on its trunk, and then they pack it up and bring it back to their maloka.  In the maloka, they break up the resin into small pieces and wrap them inside of palm leaves.  The resulting bundle is heated over a fire to melt the resin inside in order to shape the torch into an elongated form which is then tied together using long strips of tree bark.  These copal torches are excellent alternatives to candles or kerosene lamps. 


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