Symbolism is a very important ancient #cultural practice in #Assam . Various elements are being used for this purpose to represent beliefs, feelings, pride, identity. Tamul-paan, Xorai and Gamusa are three main symbolic elements in #Assamese#culture .
Tamul-paan (the areca nut and betel leaves) or guapan (gua from kwa) are considered as the offers of devotion, respect and friendship. It is an ancient #tradition and is being followed since time -immemorial with roots in the aboriginal Austroasiatic culture.
Confessions of a khaati axomiya - introducing 'Tamul-Paan.' I just realised for a daily consumer like me, how did I not post this earlier?
My #love for Tamul-paan dates back to my #childhood with my #grandmother serving it everyday at #home . I could only start munching on it freely after I crossed a certain age but my love affair with Tamul-paan was sealed waaay before that ( secretly ) when I managed to steal one from the Botah ( the bell metal utensil in which it's usually served as seen in this picture ) in Aita's absence and ate it. Voila, it was that day - THAT DAY - I realized what good taste, love and the crave for something felt like.
Although people are quite shocked to learn that I am an avid tamul - eater firstly as it's dying out amongst the youth as it taboo'ed to be ( I don't know what ) and also it gives you a bright red set of teeth along with a tongue makeover. Along with all the above it comes with it's own set of collateral damages of various kinds and decays.
Served #yesterday at @myna_4u 's house, when I surprise visited her ( ambushed rather ) for #lunch along with another #friend of mine, @sukalpa.das 😀. There is nothing like munching on tamul-paan with a #view .