Gourds are common knowledge, but they have also played an important role in human history. One of the earliest cultivated plants, they were diffused to Japan 9,600 years ago and to the American continent 10,000 years before that. For human migration by sea, the securing of drinking water was essential. In pre-history that role was played by the gourd, what can be called mankind's original container. The gourd culture remains in abundance in Polynesia, the islands settled by ancient maritime peoples.

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