Description: The Indonesian bamboo lime container used to store slaked lime powder for betel nut chewing is commonly known as a "tempurung." A tempurung is a small, often cylindrical container made from bamboo, and it is designed to hold slaked lime, which is an essential ingredient in the preparation of betel nut, a traditional chewing mixture.
The betel nut chewing practice is prevalent in various cultures across Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. The slaked lime, which is stored in the tempurung, is mixed with betel leaves and areca nut, forming a quid that people chew. This mixture produces a mild stimulant effect and has cultural, social, and ceremonial significance in many communities. The tempurung helps keep the slaked lime dry and readily accessible for use in betel nut chewing rituals.