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» It is very common in Nepal to rinse the mouth and gargle after eating. This is done for cleaning purposes and to remove the odor and taste of the food eaten. It is a remnant of the days before the notion of dental hygiene developed in the country.
» 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.
» Amkhoras and karuwas are used for drinking water while eating. These are heavy, hand-held brass pots with openings on the top; karuwas differ from amkhoras in that they have a spout on the side. These pots are lifted up and tilted to pour water directly into a person's mouth. People in Nepal are skilled at swallowing one mouthful after another without stopping the constant flow of water. In this way, one pot can serve a family of people and no glasses are needed.