The National, Friday October 18th, 2013
THE tea ceremony started in the ninth century when the Buddhist monks introduced Buddhism in Japan.
Despite thousands of years of change in technology, the tea ceremony still maintains its essence and philosophy of purity, harmony and tranquillity in the present day.
Our betel nuts today do not have a culture. The true chewers of betel nuts have long gone. In fact, the use of betel nuts today does not promote the values of respect, unity and kinship.
All it does is create filth in public places, laziness and disrespect to property and the right of others to enjoy a clean environment.
Traditionally, betel nuts has its ceremonial values.
It is considered a token of peace, shared during peace ceremonies, the exchange of bride price and driving off evil spirits.
But these days, it is used by anyone of any age.
Betel nuts will stay because of its medicinal and pleasurable properties, but there must be a policy put in place to help develop a better, healthier betel nuts culture.