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When writing and/or mentioning tea in Burma, or any other nation for that matter, it is inevitable to leave on the journey right into the realm of tea in China – in south-west China to be specific – for that is as I will certainly explain in the complying with definitely from where tea is originally originating from.

The conversation on whether the history of Burmese tea and the alcohol consumption of tea in Burma have actually originated in China has probably much more to do with at least some Bamars’/ Burmans’ reluctance to admit that the beginning of tea is China and that the drinking of tea was adopted by them later from the Shan, than with tea, tea drinking and tea society itself. The realities are that tea both as plant as well as drink was found and had actually come to be important part of Chinese and also later Shan society currently at once when no Bamar/Burman had actually ever set foot right into what is nowadays Burma (since 1989 additionally called Myanmar).

Simply put the initial kingdom of the Bamar the ‘kingdom of Pagan’ (that was actually founded by the Pyu, as well as while we are at it, Anawrahta, the 42nd king of Pagan that is by the Bamar/Burman considered the founder of the 1st Burman kingdom was a Pyu, not a Bamar/Burman) did back then not exist what is currently the guaranteed response to the question of the origin of tea, tea alcohol consumption and also tea culture in Burma; Burma or any kind of predecessor of it merely really did not exist in or throughout the period concerned, duration. Yet why are there still individuals (not a lot of them, though) who in the face of all realities and reasoning claim that Burmese tea, tea alcohol consumption and tea culture are not come from China? Short answer: Because the area that was in pre-Bamar time inhabited by the Shan is currently laying partly within the much north eastern of Burma. Nevertheless, that these areas are nowadays situated within Burma’s borders does not necessarily indicate that the exact area in which Camellia sinensis was originally located and also from where it after that infected India, via all of south-east Asia as well as, lastly, throughout the globe exists within north-east Burma. It is feasible but it is likewise possible that Camellia sinensis – converted from Latin right into English the name means ‘Tea flower’ (camellia) ‘from China’ (sinensis) – contends a later point in time extended right into the location now covered by the north-eastern part of Burma.

Guide of tea is a book with several web pages and phases starting shrouded in the mist of misconception and tale time back in 3000 BC. There is also the concrete day 2725 BC stated what is connecting the (accidental) discovery as well as the later drinking of tea to the Chinese emperor Shen Nung concerning who I will tell you much more a little bit later. No one actually recognizes when it was that the drinking of tea (what at that time was always green tea because it was unfermented additionally called unoxidised) began to become part of Chinese society. That is why it can not be within the range of this short article to (as intriguing as this may be) handle relevant myths, legends and also folklore in order to reveal tea background’s trick of when as well as where this was as well as just how it occurred. The response to this concern will certainly never be located anyhow what suggests that it will certainly for always stay hidden behind the curtain of legend. Consequently we have to locate facts in the form of created records and archaeological locates that will offer us tea associated details we are seeking. And as for that is worried we do not need to search for long.

We are provided the very first reputable information in a Chinese encyclopaedia that was begun to be put together and composed during the Han Dynasty at feshop some point around 325 BC and more increased after that: its name is Erya also led to Erh-ya. The writer of the Erya is unknown however it is amongst scholars accepted that this have been devotees of Confucius. Here we find documents letting us recognize that tea was already recognized and drunken a minimum of at the start of the Zhou Dynasty in 1046 BC, possibly earlier. However, it is not defined whether it was tea brewed from camellia sinensis leaves and drunken for enjoyment or some organic probably not extremely delicious tea inebriated for medical purposes only.

From later records we understand that brewing and alcohol consumption tea was already part of the Chinese individuals’s day-to-day life at the start of the Han Empire in 206 B.C. or perhaps earlier. That the drinking of tea has so relatively fast penetrated the Chinese society would certainly not have actually been possible without Buddhist monks. It was the Buddhist monk orders that have not just spread out the drinking of tea amongst the population but that had actually also taken control of the planting as well as processing of tea. Soon after tea as drink had been introduced during the Han Empire, Buddhism was connected with tea. The Buddhist monks have actually really early acknowledged that tea was a cheap as well as rejuvenating beverage with taste as well as scent that maintained them awake.

From the by Lu Yu throughout the Flavor Empire created and also at about 760 advertisement released publication ‘The Classic of Tea’ (Cha Jing in Chinese) we can take that eco-friendly tea was understood as well as drunken throughout all of China for pleasure from 618 AD, or earlier on. For Lu Yu tea was the sign of consistency and also mystical unity of the Universe where we can see how highly he considered tea.

A mind-blowing exploration would certainly (at the time of this writing in 2016) 1255 years later show Lu Yun wrong in so far as eco-friendly tea was currently a prominent beverage in south as well as west China earlier than 141 BC. The a.m. astonishing exploration was that it was confirmed that leaves found in the tomb of the 6th Emperor of the western Han Dynasty, Emperor Jin of Han (Liu Qi), where actual (Camellia sinensis) tea leaves that were provided him together with thousands of clay soldiers and also many various other points as grave great for the trip right into his afterlife. To prevent complication, the emperor’s burial place was already discovered in the 1990s throughout road construction work, which in itself (not the road building but the discovery of the Emperor’s tomb) was a globe sensation. Nevertheless, relative to the contents of this short article the finding of the tea leaves was a lot more spectacular due to the fact that these tea leaves are one of the most ancient and finest tea leaves ever discovered what has actually earned them an entrance in the Guinness Publication of World Records as ‘The world’s oldest tea leaves’.

Similar to so many other things the start of alcohol consumption tea is soaked in legend. There are various stories concerning exactly how the very first chapter of guide of tea starts as well as having reviewed them I have actually come to the conclusion that 99.99 percent of them belong right into the realm of tales. Among the most prominent Chinese tales is the with fantastic enjoyment again and again told legend regarding an emperor’s pot of warm water that took place to be put precisely under a tea tree where tea leaves were certain to drop right into the pot. Naturally, oh wonder (just how can it be any different) tea leaves came under the pot with boiling water whereupon the emperor took out of interest a sip of the previously unidentified now a little yellowish-brown coloured water. He was, as the tale goes, so thrilled regarding the scent as well as taste that from then on he made tea his favorite beverage and also the drinking of tea became part of Chinese culture. The emperor in this legend is the mythological emperor Shen Nung also meant Shannong, Shen Nong that is by the Chinese worshipped as the ‘Divine Farmer’ and the ‘Daddy of Chinese Herbal Medicine’. He was what is nowadays called ‘pharmacologist’, and also it is believed that he has actually ‘lived’ 140 years, from 2838 BC to 2698 BC. This is no question all pure legend but its beginning may be seen against the backdrop of the fact that Shen Nung was herbalist and that tea went to the beginning used as herbal medicine in both solid (as veggie or salad) and/or fluid type (as tea).

What is tea and also where is it come from? Briefly put, tea is a drink generally including water as well as natural (uncured) as well as cured tea fallen leaves of the varieties camellia sinensis. This is, as previously claimed, an evergreen bush native to Asia that can when it continues to be untouched grow in the wilderness into a tree with a height of some 55 feet/ 17 m. Incidentally, why do we call tea, tea? Let me quickly clarify where the name ‘tea’ come from as well as from where it spread around the world. The name ‘tea’ has its beginning in China where 2 names are made use of for the exact same beverage. It is called ‘Cha’ in Chinese dialect as well as ‘Tay’ in Xiamenese dialect. In 1644 the British established a trading post in Xiamen and anglicised the Xiamenese ‘tay’ what, consequently, ended up being ‘tea’ a name that in the list below time promptly spread out through as well as was accepted by the English speaking globe.

Where specifically is Camellia sinensis stemmed? As unbelievable as it sounds as well as whatever we could consider it, considerable and thorough study has resulted in the result that this tea plant – the Camellia sinensis – was not a plant that had or could have progressed and expanded individually in a number of parts of the world but astonishingly enough just within a relatively little location located in as well as confined to an area that does consist of parts of what is nowadays the Shan state (as north and also north-eastern part of the at that time not existing Burma) as well as the Chinese districts Yunnan and also Sichuan.

Yet whether ‘Burmese’ tea has its beginning in China (what it has) or otherwise, or whether or not the drinking of tea became part of the Burman’s society just after it was introduced to them by the Shan (what it was) or whether or not the well-known ‘Burmese milk tea is actually Indian tea presented by the Indian – and also NOT British – people during British early american times (what it was and also is) does truly not matter much – if anything at all – since the reality stays that ‘tea’ has over time (trough all the Bamar/Burman kingdoms, the British colonial times and the past-independence time) turned into an essential part of the supposed ‘Burmese drink and also food society’ what it stays to be to this day and also will certainly constantly be wherewith I have actually currently ‘beamed’ us from the old past into the here and now.

Prior to our arrival at one of the many Burmese tea shops in Yangon – serious, they are essentially at every corner, what holds true for each location with greater than two houses in all of Burma – to take pleasure in a cup or two of the famous ‘Burmese Milk Tea’ and also one of the scrumptious Burmese tea leave salads called ‘Lahpet Thoke’ at the end of this write-up let us begin at the start, by briefly answering concerns such as, where tea is expanding within the boundaries of contemporary Burma, what sort of tea it is, how it is processed after being plugged, of what high quality Burmese tea is compared to the high qualities of e.g. China, India as well as various other Asian countries, and more.