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Kava in the North: a study of Kava in Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities

Alexander, Kerryn


A refreshing astringent drink which produces nothing more than a tingling sensation in the mucous membranes of the mouth and a short-lived numbness of the tongue (Holmes, 1979a, 107). Kava has medicinal qualities of not a little power. Drunk to excess it acts like opium, and the habit formed cannot easily be broken. The habitual drinker may be recognised by his fishy-looking and the scaly appearance-of his skin (Adams, 117-20). Since early European travellers first came into contact with kava,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU North Australia Research Unit (NARU)
Date published: 1985
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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