Long before people even knew about plumbing, they knew the use of bong, which was during the period around 400 BC. So far, the historians have discovered that glass was invented by human mankind around 2500 to 1500 BC.
Mesopotamian people were the first to create glass.
During the Hellenistic period of the ancient Rome, people also learnt the glassblowing technique. This art was lost in the 18th century, but in the 19th century it was revived again.
If you talk about first bong then perhaps it was invented about 2400 years back that historians claim after the recent excavation in Russia. Before that, the traces of Scythian bongs were discovered in the Ethiopian cave between 1100 and 1400 AD.
People during those days too used bong for smoking cannabis and opium, which was most likely introduced during any tribal ceremonies during those days.
Around 1100 to 1400 AD, people used hookahs and water pipes, which was the earliest forms of bong, in few parts of Central Asia as well as Africa. In the16th century, all such water pipes were called as “buang,” which was a Thai word.
They used bamboo pipes, which were fashioned for smoking herbs and tobacco in Thailand.
Towards the end of the 16th century, use of bong started in China during the Ming dynasty. This arrived there through Persian trading and Silk Road. During those days Silk Route was the biggest network for trade all over the Asian countries.
After bong arrived in China, it became quite popular and a favorite pastime for even common people to use bong.
During the Qing dynasty, bong became popular all over the world. It was further divided into 2 different kinds.
- Mostly people used homemade bamboo pipes within country folks.
- Elegant, opulent metallic models were developed and used by people of the city and Chinese royalty. Usually bong used were made from silver, bronze or brass.
During 19th century, people started using glass bong as this material was quite popular which was also resurfaced during 60’s. During that period hippies made this very popular.
Bob Snodgrass, who was an American lamp-worker, who started manufacturing bong and revolutionized the whole market. The technology that he invented is still being used. You must really thank Bob Snodgrass, if you are using gorgeous piece of glass art.
Nowadays, you can find hundreds of varieties of bongs that you can select to suit your need. Those days are gone when we need to fashion our primitive pipe out of any material that we can find around. You can now also see electronic smoke like vapor inhalation.
Glass still remains the popular material to produce bong and generally can produce the best results. Also, silicone pipes have been introduced in the market for mixing things up.
There are few pipe makers also taking inspiration from those days of Qing dynasty and have started experimenting with metals for manufacturing different bongs.
Quite possibly you may one day find a golden bong that can become a fashion statement, which perhaps was used first used 2,400 years ago.