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When composing and/or speaking about tea in Burma, or any other country for that issue, it is unpreventable to depart on the trip right into the realm of tea in China – in south-west China to be exact – for that is as I will certainly clarify in the following absolutely from where tea is initially originating from.

The conversation on whether the history of Burmese tea and also the alcohol consumption of tea in Burma have originated in China has possibly more to do with a minimum of some Bamars’/ Burmans’ unwillingness to confess that the beginning of tea is China which the drinking of tea was embraced by them later from the Shan, than with tea, tea alcohol consumption and tea society itself. The truths are that tea both as plant and drink was uncovered as well as had actually become vital part of Chinese and later Shan culture already at once when no Bamar/Burman had ever established foot right into what is nowadays Burma (because 1989 also called Myanmar).

To put it simply the initial kingdom of the Bamar the ‘kingdom of Pagan’ (that was really established by the Pyu, and while we are at it, Anawrahta, the 42nd king of Pagan who is by the Bamar/Burman took into consideration the owner of the 1st Burman kingdom was a Pyu, not a Bamar/Burman) did back then not exist what is already the guaranteed solution to the question of the beginning of tea, tea alcohol consumption as well as tea society in Burma; Burma or any type of predecessor of it just really did not exist in or during the period concerned, duration. But why exist still individuals (not many of them, though) who in the face of all facts and logic say that Burmese tea, tea drinking as well as tea society are not come from China? Short answer: Due to the fact that the location that was in pre-Bamar time populated by the Shan is now laying partially within the far north east of Burma. Nevertheless, that these areas are nowadays located within Burma’s borders does not necessarily suggest that the exact location in which Camellia sinensis was originally found and where it after that spread to India, via every one of south-east Asia and, lastly, throughout the world lies within north-east Burma. It is possible but it is also feasible that Camellia sinensis – converted from Latin right into English the name indicates ‘Tea flower’ (camellia) ‘from China’ (sinensis) – contends a later point prolonged into the location now covered by the north-eastern part of Burma.

Guide of tea is a book with lots of web Fe shop pages as well as phases starting shrouded in the mist of misconception and tale a long time back in 3000 BC. There is also the concrete date 2725 BC discussed what is connecting the (unexpected) exploration and also the later alcohol consumption of tea to the Chinese emperor Shen Nung regarding who I will certainly tell you more a little bit later on. No person really understands when it was that the alcohol consumption of tea (what at that time was constantly green tea since it was unfermented also called unoxidised) began to enter into Chinese society. That is why it can not be within the scope of this short article to (as intriguing as this might be) take care of related misconceptions, legends and also folklore in order to expose tea history’s secret of when as well as where this was as well as how it took place. The answer to this concern will certainly never ever be discovered anyhow what implies that it will for always continue to be covert behind the curtain of legend. Consequently we need to locate truths in the form of written records and also archaeological finds that will certainly provide us tea associated details we are looking for. And also as far as that is worried we do not need to look for long.

We are given the very first trusted info in a Chinese encyclopaedia that was begun to be put together and written during the Han Empire at some time around 325 BC and additional increased from then on: its name is Erya additionally spelled Erh-ya. The writer of the Erya is unknown however it is amongst scholars approved that this have actually been disciples of Confucius. Here we find records allowing us recognize that tea was currently known and also drunken at least at the beginning of the Zhou Empire in 1046 BC, most likely earlier. Nonetheless, it is not specified whether it was tea brewed from camellia sinensis leaves and also drunken for pleasure or some natural possibly not extremely delicious tea intoxicated for medical purposes just.

From later records we understand that developing and also alcohol consumption tea was already part of the Chinese individuals’s everyday life at the beginning of the Han Empire in 206 B.C. or even earlier. That the drinking of tea has so reasonably fast permeated the Chinese culture would definitely not have been feasible without Buddhist monks. It was the Buddhist monk orders that have not only spread the alcohol consumption of tea amongst the populace but that had likewise taken over the planting and also processing of tea. Not long after tea as beverage had been presented during the Han Dynasty, Buddhism was related to tea. The Buddhist monks have actually extremely early acknowledged that tea was an economical as well as refreshing drink with good taste and fragrance that maintained them awake.

From the by Lu Yu during the Flavor Empire created and also at concerning 760 advertisement released book ‘The Classic of Tea’ (Cha Jing in Chinese) we can take that environment-friendly tea was recognized as well as drunken throughout every one of China for enjoyment from 618 AD, or earlier on. For Lu Yu tea was the icon of harmony and also strange unity of the Universe from which we can see how highly he thought about tea.

A marvelous discovery would certainly (at the time of this writing in 2016) 1255 years later on prove Lu Yun incorrect in up until now as green tea was currently a preferred beverage in south and west China earlier than 141 BC. The a.m. mind-blowing exploration was that it was proven that leaves located in the burial place of the sixth Emperor of the western Han Empire, Emperor Jin of Han (Liu Qi), where actual (Camellia sinensis) tea leaves that were provided him together with countless clay soldiers and also numerous other points as grave good for the journey right into his immortality. To prevent confusion, the emperor’s burial place was currently uncovered in the 1990s throughout road building work, which in itself (not the roadway construction yet the exploration of the Emperor’s burial place) was a globe experience. Nonetheless, with respect to the components of this article the searching for of the tea leaves was even more mind-blowing because these tea leaves are the most old and also finest tea leaves ever before discovered what has made them an entry in the Guinness Publication of Globe Records as ‘The world’s oldest tea leaves’.

As with numerous various other points the beginning of drinking tea is steeped in tale. There are different stories regarding just how the initial chapter of the book of tea begins and also having actually reviewed them I have actually come to the final thought that 99.99 percent of them belong right into the realm of tales. One of one of the most preferred Chinese legends is the with excellent pleasure over and over informed legend regarding an emperor’s pot of hot water that took place to be positioned exactly under a tea tree where tea leaves were certain to go down into the pot. Normally, oh marvel (exactly how can it be any various) tea leaves came under the pot with boiling water whereupon the emperor obtained of interest a sip of the formerly unidentified now somewhat yellowish-brown coloured water. He was, as the tale goes, so fired up about the scent as well as preference that from then on he made tea his favourite beverage and also the drinking of tea became part of Chinese culture. The emperor in this legend is the mythological emperor Shen Nung additionally spelled Shannong, Shen Nong who is by the Chinese worshipped as the ‘Divine Farmer’ and also the ‘Papa of Chinese Herbal Medicine’. He was what is nowadays called ‘pharmacologist’, and it is thought that he has actually ‘lived’ 140 years, from 2838 BC to 2698 BC. This is no doubt all pure legend yet its beginning could be seen versus the background of the fact that Shen Nung was herbalist and that tea went to the beginning utilized as organic medicine in both strong (as veggie or salad) and/or liquid form (as tea).

What is tea as well as where is it come from? Briefly placed, tea is a beverage typically including water and all-natural (uncured) as well as healed tea leaves of the types camellia sinensis. This is, as previously stated, an evergreen bush belonging to Asia that can when it continues to be unblemished expand in the wilderness right into a tree with a height of some 55 ft/ 17 m. By the way, why do we call tea, tea? Let me quickly explain where the name ‘tea’ come from and from where it spread around the globe. The name ‘tea’ has its beginning in China where 2 names are used for the very same drink. It is called ‘Cha’ in Chinese dialect as well as ‘Tay’ in Xiamenese language. In 1644 the British established a trading post in Xiamen as well as anglicised the Xiamenese ‘tay’ what, subsequently, became ‘tea’ a name that in the following time quickly spread out via and also was approved by the English speaking world.

Where specifically is Camellia sinensis stemmed? As astonishing as it appears as well as whatever we may think of it, substantial and also comprehensive research study has actually brought about the outcome that this tea plant – the Camellia sinensis – was not a plant that had or might have evolved and grown independently in several parts of the world but remarkably enough just within a reasonably small location situated in and also constrained to a region that does consist of parts of what is nowadays the Shan state (as north as well as north-eastern part of the at that time not existing Burma) and the Chinese districts Yunnan as well as Sichuan.

Yet whether ‘Burmese’ tea has its beginning in China (what it has) or otherwise, or whether the drinking of tea entered into the Burman’s society just after it was introduced to them by the Shan (what it was) or whether or not the famous ‘Burmese milk tea is really Indian tea presented by the Indian – and NOT British – people throughout British colonial times (what it was as well as is) does really not matter much – if anything – because the reality continues to be that ‘tea’ has more than time (trough all the Bamar/Burman kingdoms, the British colonial times and also the past-independence time) became an essential part of the so-called ‘Burmese drink and also food culture’ what it continues to be to be to now and also will constantly be wherewith I have now ‘beamed’ us from the ancient past into the here and now.

Prior to our arrival at one of the many Burmese tea shops in Yangon – serious, they are actually at every edge, what is true for every area with more than 2 homes in all of Burma – to enjoy a cup or more of the famous ‘Burmese Milk Tea’ and one of the scrumptious Burmese tea leave salads called ‘Lahpet Thoke’ at the end of this write-up let us begin at the beginning, by briefly addressing questions such as, where tea is expanding within the boundaries of present-day Burma, what type of tea it is, just how it is refined after being plugged, of what top quality Burmese tea is compared to the top qualities of e.g. China, India and also other Oriental nations, and so forth.