Exhibitions showcases areca nut and betel leaf chewing in Vietnam

A new exhibition at the Vietnam National History in Vietnam showcases the artefacts associated with betel chewing in the country. The practice of chewing areca nut with betel leaves is widespread in Southeast Asia.

Betel Chewing set at the Vietnam National History Museum, Vietnam Net 20121025
Betel Chewing set at the Vietnam National History Museum, Vietnam Net 20121025

Artifacts of the betel and areca culture
Vietnam Net, 25 October 2012

Ancient lime pots, lime tubes, spittoons, etc. of royal families and the unique betel chewing sets of ordinary people are currently exhibited at the Vietnam National History Museum.
The exhibition named “Betel and areca culture of Vietnam” opened on October 24 at the Vietnam National History Museum, Hanoi.

The exhibition introduces to the public about 100 typical objects and photos of lime pots, betel boxes, spittoons, etc. in order to present the origin of betel chewing practice in Vietnam and to preserve the beauty of this traditional culture.

The exhibition has three main topics: the custom of chewing betel and the values of Vietnamese betel and areca culture; the betel chewing custom of some ethnic minorities in Vietnam; and the preservation of the value of betel and areca culture.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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