Betel Nut Box, a Tradition of the Elderly when Receiving Guests

Betel Nut Box, a Tradition of the Elderly when Receiving Guests

Nampin or chewing betel leaves is one of the traditions that remains strong amongst Balinese elders. According to one respected elder named Ni Ketut Darma, who still chews betel leaves everyday, tradtionally the ingredients for betwel chewing are kept in a special betel nut box called pabuan or pecanangan. “When we use this box at

Nampin or chewing betel leaves is one of the traditions that remains strong amongst Balinese elders. According to one respected elder named Ni Ketut Darma, who still chews betel leaves everyday, tradtionally the ingredients for betwel chewing are kept in a special betel nut box called pabuan or pecanangan. “When we use this box at home we call it pabuan, but when we serve guests we call this penginangan, using more refined language” she explained.

According to Grandma Darma, the betel nut box is made of wood in the long side shape where it generally consists of some compartments containing lime, betel leaves, gambier, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle or panyawisan, small knife, and caket (used to halve areca nut). She said that in the past the betel nut box was the first thing to be served to guests who came or when visiting other people’s homes.

“Presenting betel nut box and nampin has become a tradition in the life of Balinese people, until now this tradition remains to be implemented especially by parents like me,” she said.

She added the betel nut box is not only served at home, but also at temple with a different designation. At temple, it is called pacanangan, functioned as the offerings presented to deities. Pabuan and pacanangan is basically not the same. Pabuan served at home usually contains lime, gambier, betel leaf, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle, small knife, and caket, while the pecanangan at temple has the same contents with additional ingredients like thread, money and fruits.

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When asked about how she feels when doing nampin, she just claimed to be accustomed to doing it. Men and women of her age usually do it. It is tasteless but the lips feel abrasive. It feels nothing due to the mixture with lime. “Our lips are abrasive, but I have been accustomed to the taste,” she said. (uma)



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