Smoking Museum, Indonesia – overview
In Indonesia, the use of tobacco is actively promoted, in connection with this in the Indonesian city of Kudus created the Smoking Museum.
Many centuries ago the inhalation of smoke from burning plant leaves was considered a magical ritual. Nowadays, smoking no longer has a magical meaning, but is considered a bad habit that is being combated. But not all countries support anti-tobacco ideas.
Smoking Museum Exhibits
In ancient times, shamans used smoke fumigation to scare away evil spirits that could harm the tribe. Smoke was also believed to reveal a person’s magical abilities and help them make contact with otherworldly entities. Indonesians still believe that smoking enlightens the mind and helps one get closer to higher realms. Therefore, this museum presents tobacco smoking to visitors not as a harmful addiction, but as part of the culture and traditions of the people.
Among the museum’s exhibits are:
- Various smoking pipes;
- tobacco pouches;
- and many other items directly related to the process of using and storing tobacco products.
There is also an extensive collection of cigars, cigarettes, and cigarillos of various shapes, sizes, and manufacturers. Visitors can also see all kinds of machines and equipment used to roll and cut cigars, fill cigarettes with tobacco, and other examples that have come down to us from past centuries.
The important place in the collection is occupied by diagrams with pictures, explaining the technology of growing, fermentation and processing of the leaves of the growing plant. Numerous engravings and copies of paintings related to the production and use of tobacco products are on display.
Visitors to the museum can not only look at unusual original exhibits and learn a lot of interesting things, but also buy accessories for smoking. Here you can also negotiate the delivery of large batches of tobacco directly from the farm where it is grown.
The collection contains rare varieties of tobacco that are no longer produced in the modern world. For those who want to try a certain type of cigars or cigarettes a smoking room is equipped in a separate room.
During the anti-tobacco campaign the museum was closed, but local residents managed to get the Smoking Museum reopened in 2007. Nowadays the museum is popular with tourists. If you are interested in the history of tobacco smoking, the tour will be entertaining and informative for you.
Smoking Museum, Indonesia, Kudus
Breathing in the smoke of burning plants has a very long history, and originally was an element of magical rituals. Smoke was believed to ward off evil spirits, and going through the fire awakened magical abilities. Smoking, and tobacco smoking in particular, was the preserve of the chosen few, but as tobacco spread around the world and the tobacco smoking industry emerged, inhaling tobacco smoke evolved from a magical ritual into an addictive and unhealthy habit.
Smoking cessation – nicotine withdrawal, causes negative manifestations in the body and is more experienced than giving up, for example, heroin. Thanks to the active promotion of healthy lifestyles, smoking today is considered dangerous and is equated with a mild form of drug addiction.
But the vestiges of the past are still strong enough in people’s minds; for example, the residents of Indonesia are still certain that smoking can enlighten the mind, soothe the nerves and attract people to higher magical spheres. In order to promote this viewpoint, there is a smoking museum in the Indonesian city of Kudus.
There are different exhibits in the museum: copies of ancient engravings and paintings on smoking, samples of smoking utensils – pipes, mouthpieces, hookahs, cigar holders, tobacco cases, boxes for pipe tobacco and snuff – snuff boxes, cigar twisting and cutting machines, cigarette fillers.
The smoking museum also displays various samples of cigars, cigarettes, cigarellas, and cigarillos. On the stands and prints of the museum samples of different varieties of tobacco, bars of chewing tobacco, various tobacco mixtures are exhibited. Schemes and layouts show the process of growing tobacco leaf, its collection, fermentation, drying and processing.
Under the influence of the anti nicotine propaganda the museum of smoking in the city of Kudus was temporarily closed, but since 2007 it has been reopened. In the smoking museum you can now taste different types of tobacco and buy smoking accessories. In addition, you can conclude contracts for tobacco, cigars and cigarettes directly with the farms – the producers of tobacco products. Smoking Museum is one of the most exotic museums in the world. There is a similar museum in Paris.
Museum of smoking
Musee du Fumeur
By the number of museums Paris ranks first in the world. And since in France on January 1 quite a strict law that prohibits anyone to smoke in public places came into force, smokers have nothing else to do but to go to the Musee du Fumeur. In addition, not only those who have such a bad habit, but also non-smoking tourists will be interested here.
Location of the museum
In Paris, not far from the Bastille Square, known to all without exception from the novels of Dumas, on rue Pasch in 2001, opened a rather unusual in its purpose museum, which is dedicated to smoking. On an area of 60 m² is collected an impressive size collection of everything that is somehow related to smoking various herbs – not only tobacco, but also shamanic mixtures, cannabis, etc.
History of smoking
Smoking has always been treated ambiguously, either as a devilish habit, or as magic, or as a sign of bohemianism. However, the museum is not meant to promote smoking; it just reflects the history in detail. Among the items on display here, you will see many brochures about the dangers of smoking, and there are numerous lectures. The museum also has a small, original shop where you can buy pipes and books on how to quit smoking. It is not known for sure in what century tobacco and the habit of smoking itself came to our countries. However, we only know that it was cultivated by the Mayan peoples in central America and conducted the ritual of smoking only for religious purposes. Some researchers have argued that it was the Egyptian pharaohs who were the first smokers on earth. Noteworthy is the fact that in a tomb from the second millennium BC was found a hookah, made of clay, as well as some other items for smoking.
The museum exhibition reproduces the entire history of smoking through plants, engravings, prints, various artifacts, numerous posters showing people with pipes and cigarettes, and items collected by the museum founder, 31-year-old Tigran Adang. There is a wonderful collection of pipes of various shapes, and each of them has its own special history. The museum’s collection introduces tourists to North American Indian pipes as well as modern smoking accessories. In addition, you can examine pipes with hidden compartments, called “spy” pipes. The museum also features various varieties of tobacco, even something as rare as shaman tobacco, which was brought from the Amazon River.
Among the most unusual exhibits in the museum are air fresheners and a dried leaf mill. Also unusual is the fact that there is tobacco growing in the museum’s greenhouse, as well as small tomato bushes, which many say contain nicotine in their composition.
An unusual exhibition
At the end of July 2008, an exhibition with the unusual title “Caricatures of smokers” was held here, which struck everyone in Paris without exception. This exhibition was caricatures in the form of engravings, written in quite original ink by famous authors from France, Italy and Germany.
These caricaturists presented all cigar smokers or pipe smokers in creative inspiration. Among the main features of the masters noted are: the precision of the lines of the portraits, the scenes of behavior and the flexibility of the manner of the drawings.
For the first time, objects from the collections of many famous smoking enthusiasts, namely tobacco boxes framed in frosted porcelain and many pyrogenic substances, were on display in the collection.
The most unusual museums in the world
Eighteen years ago, on August 31, 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall and Museum of Fame, opened its doors in Cleveland. One of the largest cities in Ohio justified its desire to be called the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll by the fact that DJ Alan Freed, who coined the term “rock ‘n’ roll”, worked there.
The museum is dedicated to artists, producers, and other personalities who have influenced the course of our musical history. Artists are nominated 25 years after their first single was released, and the most worthy are chosen by about a thousand experts who understand music and the music industry – journalists, producers and music history professors. To get your place in the hall of fame, you need to collect at least 50% of the votes. However, not only rockers have a place in the museum – there are some performers of rhythm and blues, and even a couple of rappers.
For the museum’s “anniversary” we decided to put together a suitable company for a celebration and remembered other no less unusual museums in the world.
Museum of Death, Hollywood, USA
It’s the way of man that he is often attracted by what scares him, and most of all the living are afraid, of course, of death. It is devoted to it one of Hollywood’s museums, which enjoys great popularity for almost two decades. However, the museum also raises a lot of questions and protests – after all, the museum exposition is “not for the faint-hearted”, and the tragic moments of people’s lives is not exactly something that is worth putting on display. The organizers themselves are sure that the study of death should help people understand life.
Museum of Unfortunate Love, Zagreb, Croatia
It is worth visiting this museum for jilted lovers just to feel a little less hurt about their tragedy. The exhibition consists of love letters, postcards, gifts and photographs of happy couples – all those physical evidence of a romantic relationship. Each item accompanies the story of the relationship, the breakup, and the restoration of the characters’ sanity.
Snowflake Museum, Hokkaido Island, Japan
The museum’s founder was the physicist and romanticist Nakaya Ukichiro, who called snowflakes “a letter from heaven written in secret hieroglyphs.” Accustomed to many and disliked by many, snow is actually amazing and beautiful – you can see that at the museum, because it is filled with macro pictures of snowflakes, each of which is unique and delightful in its perfection. They say the museum is pretty chilly, but what else could a snowflake museum be like?
Smoking Museum, Indonesia, Kudus
At a time when the whole world is struggling with smoking, the inhabitants of Indonesia are still convinced that smoking enlightens the mind, calms the nerves and connects people to higher magical spheres, and therefore defended their museum – closed under the influence of anti-smoking propaganda, it still resumed its work in 2007, presenting the public its rich exhibition: copies of old engravings and paintings devoted to smoking, samples of smoking accessories – pipes, mouthpieces, hookahs, smokers, tobacco cases, boxes for pipe and snuff tobacco – snuff boxes, machines for twisting and cutting cigars, devices for stuffing cigarettes. Now you can not only try tobacco varieties and buy accessories for smoking, but also conclude contracts for the supply of tobacco, cigars and cigarettes with some manufacturers of tobacco products.
Museum of Lies, Germany, Küritz Normally museums hang original paintings and pieces of historical value, and only the director of this museum prides himself on the fakeness of his own exhibit. The famous German artist Reinhard Zabka is convinced that the line between truth and falsehood in art is so thin that sometimes it doesn’t matter. “Don’t believe your eyes!” – is the motto of the lying museum. The deception begins at the entrance – visitors are offered a delicious plastic cake and the elixir of youth, suspiciously resembling tea. In the rooms of the museum you can see a mop that belonged to Stalin’s father, a severed ear of Van Gogh, a radio from the Titanic, a flying magic carpet and even Hitler’s mustache.
Museum of Lies, Germany, Küritz
Normally, museums hang original paintings and pieces of historical value, and only the director of this museum prides himself on the fakeness of his own exhibit. Renowned German artist Reinhard Zabka is convinced that the line between truth and falsity in art is so thin that sometimes it doesn’t matter.
“Don’t believe your eyes!” – is the motto of the lying museum. The deception begins at the entrance – visitors are offered a delicious plastic cake and the elixir of youth, suspiciously resembling tea. In the rooms of the museum you can see a mop that belonged to Stalin’s father, cut ear of Van Gogh, a radio from the Titanic, a flying carpet, and even a mustache of Hitler.
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