Betel Chewing Preparation (000010)
Thailand Buriram Province (Mar 1992)
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Photograph by V.C. Childress

Spreading the lime on a leaf with a spatula. The main vein of the leaf is often removed purportedly because of an age-old tale that poison may have been inserted in it. The tip of the leaf is also often snipped because it is believed to contain medicine from the gods.