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“Inside, the box was divided into tiered chambers, and these held a selection of ground and whole spices: sage, turmeric, cumin, ginger, mustard, cayenne, and cloves. I felt like an emperor receiving the treasures of a new country. The odor rising from the box was like a clambering vine wrapping itself thickly around my head, musky with the deep minerals of the earth and dusting my shoulders with a rainbow of pollen.” 
     - Eli Brown

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