It is commonly agreed that tea origins from China, whose history could date back to 2737 BC. Initially, tea prevailed in China for its medical values. Moving on to six century, Chinese tea started to be accepted as a kind of tasty drink, which accelerated tea’s prevalence and stepped up people’ demand for it so greatly that farmers began to devote themselves to planting tea trees. They could been seen everywhere from fields, hills to mountainous regions, extending from Sichuan, along Yangtze River valley, to the coastal areas.
Given the fact that planting of tea trees had been wildly spread whilst knowledge about planting and making was superficial and was spread only verbally, which made it hard for farmers to utilize the lore. Therefore, Chinese tea merchants of the day were badly in need of a qualified talent to gather all odds and ends of tea knowledge together. Coincidently, an accomplished scholar name Lu Yu was very willing to take up this work. You might ask what Lu Yu was like, what made him competent to the work and what he pulled off in the end. Read on, please.
The Sage of Tea-Lu Yu
Lu Yu, born in Fuzhou, Hubei Province, was dumped by his parents and, luckily, adopted by a monk, who naturally brought Lu Yu up as a monk. However, when Lu Yu became a teenage boy, he was punished severely due to him refusing to lead a monk life, which gave him a strong personality when grew up. One day, he escaped from the temple and worked as a clown in a theatrical troupe. Viewer were amused by his performance applauded for him but Lu Yu did not feel the same emotion as them. His real life purpose was to be a scholar, which was supported by Fuzhou’s governor of the time who thought highly of Lu Yu and gave him an opportunity of reading a large number of books and attending school. Lu Yu was determined to task himself with promoting national culture after reading most of sage’s books.
At this moment, tea merchants were looking for someone who could write books about tea, and they hoped Lu Yu could accomplished this job, creating a complete and systematic record of tea lore. After years of visiting farmers, looking for fountains, picking and reviewing teas, Lu Yu finally pulled off the Classic of Tea, the very first know monograph on tea and a milestone in the history of tea culture, became renowned throughout the country from then on and was revered as “the Sage of Tea”. Later, he started to seek the mysteries of life, turned as a hermit in 775 and died in 804.
The Classic of Tea
The Classic of Tea is not large, about 7000 Chinese characters in the literary language of the Tang Dynasty, a condensed, refined and poetic style of Chinese. It is made of "Three Scrolls Ten Chapters": the first describes tea tree’s characteristics; the second is about tools for picking; the third covers the making of tea; the fourth recommends 24 tea sets; the fifth gives guidelines for the proper preparation of tea. The rest separately discusses the ways of drinking, the famous places of production of teas and diagrams of all kinds of tea wares.
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