National Geographic : 1934 May
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE - . -.,---- u... aurai toior rnotograph by Gervais Courtellemont A SIAMESE GIRL SITS BEFORE HER BETEL-NUT OUTFIT Until recently, virtually all Siamese chewed the mixture composed of an astringent betel leaf, a nut from the areca palm, a bit of lime, and tobacco. Since the habit blackens the teeth, some Bangkok dentists insert black false teeth in dental plates. A large water jar, brightly glazed, stands in the corner. (0 national geographic society Natural Color Photograph by W. Robert Moore THE SACRED LOTUS BLOOMS IN A BANGKOK CANAL To Buddhists this flower is a symbol of purity and perfection because it grows out of mud and is not defiled. It is a motif in religious architecture; Buddha is usually represented as seated on a lotus.