Φωτογραφίες

Photographer's Note

This an informational photograph of a tobacco seller in the town of Malinao, Aklan handrolling a cigar (in the spirit of TE). She also sells betel nut leaves (but curiously no betel nut) and other paraphernalia for betel nut chewing. Betel nut chewing (mama) is a tradition in the Philippines similar to other Asian countries. The betel nut leaf (buyo, or piper leaf) is chewed together with lime and betel nut (bunga, Areca sp.) with the resulting red juice expectorated. Betel chewing is claimed to produce a sense of well-being, heightened sensations, euphoria, and increased capacity to work. These psychoactive effects of betel nut chewing on the central nervous system have been scientifically studied - betel nut therefore may be addictive. It also reddens the teeth and may protect teeth from decay. It is also an astringent (freshens breath), a GI tract stimulant (increases saliva output) and antihelminthic (against worms). This is good powerful stuff.

Philippine tobacco is one of the finest in the world introduced by Spain from Cuba - so they are Cuban seeded. Older women smoke huge handrolled cigars such as what this lady is making. This photo was taken during market day in Malinao.

The photograph was taken with an early model of a Fujifilm digital camera (DX-7) with a highest resolution of 640 x 450. Because of the low resolution, I had to resize the photo to a smaller size to increase detail, and also had to saturate the colors before sharpening.

erdna έχουν(ει) επιλέξει αυτή τη σημείωση ως χρήσιμη

Photo Information
Viewed: 5409
Points: 6
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Ken Ilio (flip89) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 538 W: 173 N: 576] (3418)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH