The Daily Life of Betel: from Leaf to Nut, Preparation to Ritual

Lecture | November 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Deepa Natarajan, UC Botanical Garden

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, Botanical Garden

Betel nuts (Areca catechu) and leaves (Piper betle), are for many, a part of daily life in Southern India. Come explore the world of vethela paaku (the preparation of betel leaves and nuts) through a visual journey through Southern India.

Deepa Natarajan is the Program Coordinator at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, where she has transformed her love of plants into a year-round series of events highlighting plants and people. She holds a masters degree in ethnobotany and her research includes ritual plant use in the Indian diaspora.

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