Durians. Pungent smelling fruit encompassed by lethal, sharp spikes – the [Durian] fruit is ubiquitous in Bali at this time of year, sold from the back of pick-ups parked along the side of major roads.
Heavy and hard to carry without doing injury to your hand, if the durian could be secured on the end of a strong rope or chain, it could form a handy replacement for the ancient [flail].
The lethal qualities of the durian was discovered by a 51-year-old Payangan man on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, when he was struck on the head by a falling durian.
As reported by NusaBali, cut and unconscious after his encounter with the durian, I Wayan Geningan was rushed to the Sanjiwani Gianyar Hospital where he was hospitalized for concussive injuries to his head.
There’s a moral to this story: don’t sleep under a durian tree in season.
reprinted with permission: Bali Discovery Tours http://www.balidiscovery.com