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black teeth - tribe woman - vietnam

Tribe woman with bloody lips (caused by chewing betelnut), and blackened teeth, a cultural and traditional sign of beauty (Bảo Lạc, Vietnam)

Betelnut ("cau" in Vietnamese) is is the fruit of the Areca tree.­ It is wrapped with a "lá trầu" leaf (a different tree) and chewed for its exhilarating lift.­ Betel quids chewing has been claimed to produce a sense of well-being, euphoria, heightened alertness, sweating, salivation, a hot sensation in the body and increased capacity to work.­

Just like alcohol, tobacco, coffee and sakau, betelnut is a culturally-approved psychoactive drug.­

See the Betelnut Wikipedia page.

See the "lá trầu" leaves Wikipedia article.

Diu Nghiem wrote: Her blackened teeth was NOT caused by chewing betelnut and betel leaf but by using some special chemical.­ Blackening tooth chemical is usually natural material which varies from the North to South of Vietnam.­ The process might take a couple of day in order to get the perfect shiny black.­

Men and women did that because of the same reason which caused other people whitening their teeth (they consider black teeth to be a sign of beauty).­ After the occupancy of France in Vietnam blackened teeth is not popular anymore.­

More information about the blackened teeth custom:
"Healthy Black Smiles" by Barbara Cohen

areca nut
asian woman
betel nut
betel quids
black teeth
black-lacquered teeth
blackened teeth
bảo lạc
cau
hat
headwear
hill tribes
indigenous
lá trầu
mature woman
ohagura
old woman
November 21, 2005
Route 34, Bảo Lạc District, Cao Bang, Vietnam

A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

This small series is part of my Vietnam photo album.

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.

Photos from of my 30-day trip around Vietnam in November 2005.­

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.