khasi woman chewing betel nut (india)


Khasi woman (India)

Khasi people live in villages in the East Khasi Hills region of Meghalaya.­

For more info about Khasi people, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Khasi_­people.

The orange color of her teeth is from chewing Betel nut.­ Areca palms trees (Betel trees) grow everywhere around here so Betel nut is consumed by all the locals (men and women), as a psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing drug.­

For more info about Betel nut, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Betel.

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Surok Mawlynnong, Meghalaya 793109, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­