Tabu Shell Money by bobfoto

Tabu Shell Money

Chapter 58 continues.

Filler. Been feeling a little overwhelmed and a lack of mojo has meant I didn't pick up my camera for a day or so. So I took a macro of some Tolai Shell money. Tabu is the name of this currency which is still valid today.
Mac
They look like molars.
August 3rd, 2013  
@riverlandphotos - kinda... ewwww.
August 3rd, 2013  
Penny for your thoughts !
August 3rd, 2013  
Mac
with cavities.
August 3rd, 2013  
@traceyhn - few thoughts worth here.
August 3rd, 2013  
@riverlandphotos - yeah I saw that...
August 3rd, 2013  
I thought it was the eggs of some strange insect! You show us such interesting things Jason!
August 3rd, 2013  
i also thought it was something alive - a mushroom or something like that. Imagine that: live money... So, how does it work? I really like the picture but I hope you yourself feel better about your photography again soon!
August 3rd, 2013  
August 3rd, 2013  
Fascinating, they look so pretty too - wasn't sure if it was a string of garlic or a shoal of fish from the thumbnail! I'll go and collect some shells while I'm on holiday and try it with my mates.........
August 3rd, 2013  
they have eyes....
August 3rd, 2013  
@filsie65 - not sure how they knock a hole in the top of the shell...

@houdiniem - just don't blink.
August 3rd, 2013  
Thought they were teeth!
August 3rd, 2013  
@kjarn - Molars I hear...
August 3rd, 2013  
I am curious as to how they use it Do they pay with the whole object or break it apart? I confess to being very ignorant about things like this! Wonderful close up of it though.
August 3rd, 2013  
@grammyn - it comes in long canes and they roll it up into these Tabu rings. They will use it mainly at ceremonial times, births, weddings and funerals and they will sometimes break it and burn them on fires or just exchange them for brides and stuff. But during hard times, they will take them to the bank and exchange them for money.
August 3rd, 2013  
@bobfoto So they don't ever break them apart? I know that sounds stupid but I am wondering if they want to buy something that is less than a cane or Tabu ring what do they do?

the bank will give them money? What does the bank do with them?
August 3rd, 2013  
@grammyn - they are broken for destructive purposes... and the bank knows how to on-sell them.
August 3rd, 2013  
@bobfoto How fabulous that the bank does this!
August 3rd, 2013  
Cool shot and very interesting. I think they look like some sort of little sea creatures with little eyes and little tentacles and they are ossified.
August 3rd, 2013  
I'm so glad these are shells. My first thought was they were teeth. After reading all the different things people associated with them, you could have had a real guessing game going on here! Quite interesting that they still have value and can be used for monetary purposes- a real clash of cultural old and new in these little shells.
August 3rd, 2013  
What an interesting concept using shells for money. Thanks for the interesting info and photo
August 3rd, 2013  
@grammyn - it actually doubles as a bit of a guarantor to ensure there is ample supply when big celebrations are required.

@angeliquenordal - cool description.

@olivetreeann @chris17 - a lot of the use of them is now token, but they have intrinsic value.
August 3rd, 2013  
Sorry to here about the lack of mojo, we all feel that at some point, myself on numerous occasions, but thanks for this fascinating piece of education! I love learning about stuff like this! It's so good to follow people from around the globe! Keep up the good work, my friend!
August 4th, 2013  
@vokesy - Cheers thanks Andrew... I guess I was feeling flat with the world outside... I'll be good in quick time. Just gotta jump back into the mire.
August 4th, 2013  
This would be an interesting addition to a numismatist's collection.
August 4th, 2013  
@rvwalker - a coin collector eh?
August 4th, 2013  
Hmmm....I'm not sure I could use money that was looking at me! Those little eyes are creeeeeepy!
August 5th, 2013  
@tabbycat - they're not so easy to see at normal magnification...
August 5th, 2013  
So interesting and intricate weaving to get them all together.
August 8th, 2013  
@lynnb - yeah, they look unimpressive just as long strands...
August 8th, 2013  
We all know these days where we don´t feel like pick up the cam! :) So a filler is totally okay! :) And your´s not only a filler, it´s interesting too! :)
August 10th, 2013  
@agentzuckerguss - looking forward to today.
August 10th, 2013  
@bobfoto Here it´s now almost bedtime! :D But have a great day! :)
August 10th, 2013  
Followed that link - am awed! (I know that's not a new experience - in fact, on 365, it's the norm for me) - I think they're beautiful which is possibly the origin of their pecuniary worth! and such a tight clarity to the shot.
August 11th, 2013  
@agentzuckerguss - night.

@kittikat - I know the feeling.
August 11th, 2013  
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