Indonesia, Timor, bag for betelnut
16 x 14 cm
During wedding ceremonies betelnut and leaves are symbolically referred to as the breath of the ghost of the ancestors. On a certain moments goods are offered to the ancestors. For the male ancestors there were bags and for the female baskets. By chewing betelnut people can communicate with the ancestors.
Women made for their husband to be a betelnut bag.
€ 550