Cooking up a weapon: Kangri for the angry

Warfare breeds ingenuity of a sort:

Use of Kangri (A Traditional Firepot) as a Weapon,” Arsalaan F. Rashid, Rifat Fazili, and Akash D. Aggarwal, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Medical College and Govt. Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India, report:

Kangri an earthenware firepot has been traditionally used by people of Kashmir for protecting themselves for harsh winter weather. This study done on patients admitted in the burns ward and general emergency ward of a tertiary care hospital, is perhaps the first of its kind. It analyses the use of this very traditional and useful art form as a weapon… Most of the cases (18/20 = 90%) occurred during winter and only 2 cases (10%) were observed in spring. This is in concurrence with the usage pattern of Kangri which peaks during winter and ebbs during spring. Majority of victims were males (13/20 = 65%) which is similar to assaults with conventional weapons like sticks, sharp weapons, firearms etc where males predominate.”

BONUS: Video of a man and his kangri in a non-weaponry situation:

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