Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Day 160 — Samoan Kava Bowl

This is a detail of a kava bowl used in the preparation of a beverage made from the roots of the kava plant, a member of the pepper family — the kava roots are crushed into a powder-like form and mixed with water in the bowl; kava, or 'ava in Samoa, can be served informally (it has a relatively mild narcotic effect), although its most important use is at chiefly meetings and ceremonies and it has also long been a part of religious, political and cultural life throughout the Pacific — it is known as 'awa in Hawaii and yaqona in Fiji.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/800, f8, ISO 200, 60mm