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An early example of a box once used to hold betel leaves demonstrates the historical importance of consuming paan. Paan was introduced to other cultures through colonialism and global trade, although it remains customary primarily in India and Southeast Asia. It generally consists of the areca nut, betel leaf, and slaked lime, and is consumed after a meal.

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