When ever writing and/or speaking about tea in Burma, or any other country for that matter, it is inevitable to depart on the journey into the realm of tea in China – in southern China to be exact – for that is as I will make clear in the following definitely from where tea is actually coming from. Shop
The discussion on set up history of Burmese tea and the drinking of tea in Burma have originated from China has probably more to do with at least some Bamars’/Burmans’ reluctance to declare that the origin 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 culture itself. The facts are that tea both as plant and drink was learned and got become important part of Chinese sometime later it was Shan culture already at any given time when no Bamar/Burman had ever set ft . into what is nowadays Burma (since 1989 also called Myanmar).
Quite simply the first kingdom of the Bamar the ‘kingdom of Pagan’ (that was really founded by the Pyu, and while we are at it, Anawrahta, the 42nd king of Questionnable who is by the Bamar/Burman considered the owner of the 1st Burman kingdom was a Pyu, not a Bamar/Burman) do back then not can be found what is already the definite answer to the question of the groundwork of tea, tea taking in and tea culture in Burma; Burma or any predecessor of it simply didn’t exist in or during the era in question, period. But what makes there still people (ofcourse not so many of them, though) who in the face of all facts and logic say that Burmese tea, tea taking in and tea culture are not originated in China and tiawan? Short answer: Because the area that was in pre-Bamar time inhabited by the Shan is now laying partly within the far north east of Burma. However, the particular areas are nowadays located within Burma’s boundaries will not always mean that the exact area in which Camellia sinensis was primarily found and from where it then spread to India, through all of south-east Asia and, finally, around the world lies within north-east Burma. It is possible but it is also which Camellia sinensis – converted from Latin into British the name means ‘Tea flower’ (camellia) ‘from China’ (sinensis) – has at a later point in time extended into the area now included in the north-eastern part of Burma.
The book of tea is a book numerous pages and chapters starting shrouded in the water of myth and story some time back in 3000 BC. There is even the concrete day 2725 BC mentioned specifically what is linking the (accidental) discovery and the later drinking of tea to the Chinese chief Shen Nung about who I will let you know more somewhat later. No person really knows when it is that the drinking of tea (what back then was always green tea because it was unfermented also called unoxidised) started out to get part of Chinese culture. That is why it are unable to be within the opportunity of this article to (as interesting as this could be) deal with related myths, legends and folk traditions in order to disclose tea history’s secret of when and where it was and how it took place. The answer to the question will never be found anyway what means that it will for always remain hidden behind the curtain of legend. For that reason we have to find facts in the form of written records and archaeological finds that gives us tea related information we are looking for. And since far as that is involved we do not have to search for long.
We are given the first reliable information in a Far east encyclopaedia that was began to be compiled and written during the Ryan Dynasty sometime around 325 BC and additional widened from then on: their name is Erya also spelled Erh-ya. The writer of the Erya is unknown but it is among scholars accepted that the have been disciples of Confucius. Here we find records letting us know that tea was already known and drunken at least at the outset of the Zhou Dynasty in 1046 BC, probably earlier. However, it is not specified whether it was tea made from camellia sinensis leaves and drunken for pleasure or some herbal probably not very scrumptious tea drunken for medical purposes only.
From later information we know that making and drinking tea acquired been part of the Chinese people’s everyday activities at the beginning of the Han Dynasty in 206 B. C. or even earlier. Which the drinking of tea has so relatively quick permeated the Chinese language culture would likely not have been possible without Buddhist monks. It was the Buddhist monk orders which may have not only spread the drinking of tea among the list of human population but that had also taken over the growing and processing of tea. Soon after tea as beverage had been presented during the Han Empire, Buddhism was associated with tea. The Buddhist monks have very early accepted that tea was certainly a cheap and relaxing beverage with good flavor and fragrance that stored them awake.