TEA and its LEGENDS
Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
23Trip End Nov 07, 2012
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It all began in 2737BC in China.
According to legend, whilst the emperor Shen Nung was boiling water to slake his thirst in the shade of a tree, a light breeze rustled the branches and caused a few leaves to fall.
They mixed with the water and gave it a delicate colour and perfume.
The emperor tasted it and found it to be delicious. The tree was a wild tea plant: This is how tea was born.
In India, another legend tells of how Prince Dharma was touched by Divine grace and went out to preach the teachings of Buddha in China
In Japan the story goes a little differently; after three years Bodhi Dharma, exhausted, ended up falling asleep while he prayed.
On awaking, infuriated by his weakness and devastated by his sin, he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground.
Some years later, on passing the same spot, he saw that they had given birth to a bush that he had never seen before.
He tried the leaves and discovered that they had the property of keeping a person awake
Legends aside, it seem that the bush was originally from China, probably from the region around the border between the North Vietnam and Yunnan province, and that the drinking of this beverage was first developed by the Chinese.
Since the invigorating and energizing qualities of tea were very soon noted, it was the first used for medicinal purposes, either externally in the form of a paste to combat rheumatism or internally as a purifying soup.
The first recipes for the preparation of tea were not too far from this idea: the leaves, which had been softened by steam, were ground with a mortar and pestle and compressed into flat cakes which were then brought to the boil with rice, milk, spices and sometimes even onions!
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