Monday, July 14, 2008

Auntie Mining

Auntie Mining remembers when the Japanese came into the mountains and the Kalahan fled to the hills. She tells me some folk stories and 'superstitions', some true. If you dream about relatives who are eating but do not invite you to eat, she says, you must go to them quickly. You must go and eat with them so that you will be reconciled.
She offers me some of her betel nut chew, a slight stimulant, saying it's good for the teeth (which I'm not too sure of, since she has only 3 or 4 now). I pass up the chew, but enjoy our conversation and her hospitality.

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