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» Nepali men often do the shopping for meat. Women are the bargainers for fruits and vegetables and it is not uncommon to see them haggling in the streets over the price of a merchant's wares.
» The lotus is an important symbol to both Hindus and Buddhists. The plant starts at the bottom of a pond and grows slowly through the murky water until it reaches the surface, where it blooms in the warmth of the sun. This life cycle is thought to represent people and their development from birth to childhood to adulthood. The opening of the lotus signifies freeing oneself from illusion and reaching a higher spiritual state.
» Hawking up mucus and spitting are commonplace; this is meant to remove the dust, grit, and pollution which are inhaled. Education has now made people aware that such habits spread disease in the community, but it is only slowly dying out.