When composing and/or speaking about tea in Burma, or any other nation for that matter, it is unpreventable to depart on the trip into the world of tea in China – in south-west China to be precise – for that is as I will discuss in the adhering to most definitely from where tea is originally coming from.
The conversation on whether the history of Burmese tea as well as the drinking of tea in Burma have actually originated in China has most likely more to do with at the very least some Bamars’/ Burmans’ unwillingness to confess that the beginning of tea is China and that the drinking of tea was embraced by them later on from the Shan, than with tea, tea alcohol consumption and tea society itself. The truths are that tea both as plant and also beverage was discovered and had become important part of Chinese as well as later Shan society currently at a time when no Bamar/Burman had ever set foot into what is nowadays Burma (since 1989 also called Myanmar).
In other words the first kingdom of the Bamar the ‘kingdom of Pagan’ (that was actually started 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 creator of the 1st Burman kingdom was a Pyu, not a Bamar/Burman) did at that time not exist what is currently the precise response to the inquiry of the beginning of tea, tea drinking and tea society in Burma; Burma or any type of predecessor of it merely didn’t exist in or throughout the age in question, duration. Yet why are there still people (not so many of them, though) who when faced with all realities and reasoning claim that Burmese tea, tea alcohol consumption and also tea culture are not come from China? Brief response: Since the location that remained in pre-Bamar time inhabited by the Shan is now laying partially within the much north eastern of Burma. Nonetheless, that these locations are nowadays located within Burma’s limits does not always imply that the exact location in which Camellia sinensis was initially located as well as where it then infected India, through every one of south-east Asia and, lastly, throughout the world exists within north-east Burma. It is possible yet it is additionally feasible that Camellia sinensis – converted from Latin into English the name suggests ‘Tea blossom’ (camellia) ‘from China’ (sinensis) – has at a later time extended right into the area now covered by the north-eastern component of Burma.
The book of tea is a book with numerous web pages and also phases beginning shrouded in the haze of myth and also legend time back in 3000 BC. There is also the concrete date 2725 BC stated what is linking the (unintentional) exploration and also the later alcohol consumption of tea to the Chinese emperor Shen Nung concerning who I will inform you a lot more a little bit later. No one actually understands when it was that the alcohol consumption of tea (what at that time was constantly green tea due to the fact that it was unfermented additionally called unoxidised) began to become part of 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 associated misconceptions, legends and also mythology in order to disclose tea history’s key of when and where this was and also how it occurred. The response to this concern will never ever be discovered anyhow what means that it will for constantly remain surprise behind the curtain of legend. Therefore we need to discover truths in the form of written documents and also historical finds that will certainly give us tea related info we are seeking. And also as for that is worried we do not have to look for long.