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Doma (Betel nut)

Doma/Pan (flavored with lime, green leaves & betel nuts) are extensively chewed in all segments of societies in Bhutan. The trend of chewing and offering betel nuts can be easily seen in religious field and in shamanism practice as well.

J. C. White, the British political officer who attended Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck’s enthronement in 1907, mentions that “three kinds of tea, rice and pan were offered in turn” to the guests.
According to the Driglam Namzhag Manual published by the National Library in Thimphu, in 1637 a huge gathering of people had come with variety of food products to “pay tribute and pledge loyalty” to the Zhabdrung in Punakha. The book says that the Zhabdrung was deeply touched and he instructed everyone to be served with “food items of droma (kaser), drizang (saffron fragrance), suja (butter tea), dresi (fried sweet rice), doma pani, and a variety of fruits”



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