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Tea, Its Mystery and History free pdf An excerpt from the beginning of the first chapter: ACCORDING to the most authentic Chinese historians, the Tea plant was introduced from the Corea [Korea] in the eighth century, during the dynasty of Lyang. Being both approved of and much relished by the Emperor it was extensively cultivated, so that it rapidly became popular with all sections of the community. As this story was too prosaic for general acceptation, the masses, and even certain sceptical "literati," readily received a more poetical account, which, like many of our own nursery tales, veils some political allegory. The story runs, that in the year 510, an Indian prince-one Darma, third son of King Kosjusva- famed throughout the East for his religious zeal, landed in China on a Missionary enterprise. He devoted all his time and thought to the diffusion of a knowledge of God. In order to set an example of piety to others, he imposed on himself various privations and mortifications, forswore sleep, and, living mostly in the open air, devoted himself to prayer, preaching, and contemplation. However, after several years passed in this excessively austere manner, he involuntarily fell asleep. Upon awaking, so distressed was he at having violated his oath that, to prevent a repetition of such backsliding and never again permit "tired eyelids" to "rest on tired eyes," he cut off those offending portions of his body, and flung them on the ground. Returning next day to the same spot, he discovered that his eyelids had undergone a strange metamorphosis, having been changed into a shrub the like of which had never before been seen upon the earth. Having eaten some of the leaves, he found his spirits singularly exhilarated thereby- while his former vigour was restored. Hence he recommended the newly-discovered boon to his disciples and followers, so that after a time the use of Tea rapidly spread. A portrait of Darma is given by Kaempfu, the first authoritative writer on China. At the foot of the portrait is the representation of a reed, supposed to be indicative of the religious enthusiast having crossed rivers and seas in the pursuit of his mission. It is by no means difficult, out of this wonderful legend, to extract a moral, namely, that an earnest individual, who had acquired the useful habit of keeping his eyes open, discovered one of Nature's secrets, which had entirely escaped the observation of all others. Towards the close of the sixteenth century, a learned physician of Padua-one Giovanni Bolero- published a work " On the Causes of the Magnificence and Greatness of Cities." Therein, while treating of the Orient, he observes: "The Chinese have an herb out of which they press a delicate juice that serves them for drink instead of wine- it also preserves their health and frees them from all those evils which the use of wine produces among ourselves." Albeit the allusion is somewhat cloudy, still no doubt exists but that the celebrated Paduan refers to Tea. This is supposed to be the earliest mention of the plant by any European writer. It is curious that among the many wonderful things which Marco Polo-the great traveller of his day- saw in China, he omits to mention the Tea plant either as shrub or beverage. This omission is the more unaccountable inasmuch as both himself and his father (whose voyages he records) must have visited districts wherein Tea was in common use. The early Portuguese navigators are equally silent on this matter, nor is mention made thereof in the logs of our own freebooting Sea Kings. These, however, troubled themselves less about botany than the broad pieces to be found in the holds of the Spanish King's galleons. Had Sir Walter Raleigh, who travelled West instead of East, accompanied his friend Drake on his famous voyage round the world, he might have added to his discoveries of the potato and tobacco plants of America, that of Tea in China...."

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Author : Samuel Phillips Day
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 02 June 2014
ISBN : 149976989X
EAN : 9781499769890
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 94 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . An excerpt from the beginning of the first chapter: ACCORDING to the most authentic Chinese historians, the Tea plant was introduced from the Corea [Korea] in the eighth century, during the dynasty