“This looks like an interesting lethal weapon” I told myself and began to imagine the many killer strikes I could do with it.
I was in an African Fair in Dubai and of course, anything that looked like a weapon interested me. So I was really surprised that when I inquired about it, the pleasant-faced lady seller answered “It’s a massager.”
She then explained, “You see, Africans travel long distances and we use these for our aching muscles” and showed me how she softly stroked her back with it.
Well, even if it’s a massager, it still looked like a weapon so I bought it. At AED 60 (about USD 16), I must say that it’s a good buy considering that it’s made of really black Kenyan ebony wood.
At home, Google informed me about my purchase.
A rungu is a wooden throwing baton used by African tribal warriors for hunting and warfare. See, I was right afterall!
What’s interesting is,the lady seller was right: it’s also a massager and now, some spas offer African Rungu massages. She just either did not know it or just did not tell me that it’s also a weapon.
Oh, whatever. I’m just pleased that my Arnisador mind can already spot a weapon and now I have another one to add to my collection.
Imagine doing the Arnis strikes with this. Oh wow!
Here’s a video of some Kenyan men having an informal spear and rungu throwing competition. Rungu throwing starts at about 1:00
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