Betel and Miang: Vanishing Thai Habits
By P.A. Reichart and H. P. Philipsen
The chewing of betel and of miang (fermented tea leaves) is peculiar to Thailand. These habits and the paraphernalia associated with them have fascinated western observers since the earliest travelers visited Siam in the seventeenth century. This work provides a comprehensive examination of all aspects of these habits. The history, the ritual, and sociological significance are all presented, as are the production and preparation of the chewing quids and the pharmacological effects of the ingredients on the body. The authors, dental scientists who have studied these practices for many years, provide the reader with an understanding of the possible side effects and the medical and dental problems associated with these addictive habits. A large part of the book is devoted to describing the paraphernalia and utensils associated with the betel and miang habits. A superb collection of over 130 illustrations, mostly in full color, complement the text. Many of the items shown are extremely rare.
Size 210 x 295 mm
Expanded reprint from 1996
Fully. Illus. in col.
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