The different origins of tea

The egg head guy from xue hua piao piao.

The first sentence I chose was, “At that time it was indigenous peoples of the southwest who picked the leaves o f the wild tea plant (Camellia sinensis; native to what are now the provinces o f Yunnan and Sichuan, and also northern Myanmar)” (Wilkinson). The second sentence I chose was, “Later on, a bush grew from the place where his eyelids had fallen and for some reason some of his students decided to brew the leaves of the bush and found that it was very pleasant to taste and seemed to have the benefit of keeping them more awake and alert during the long hours of meditation they practiced” (Towler). Both of these sentences explain how tea was first discovered and made and that is where the similarities end because their explanations on how tea was discovered are completely different. 

Towler’s explanation is that this buddhist monk kept falling asleep when he was trying to meditate so he ripped his eyelids off, threw them on the ground and somehow they grew into a tea plant. This is obviously fictional and completely. It is kinda like a superhero origin story for tea itself.. It is also pretty suspicious that some of his students decided to brew the leaves from the bush.

So clearly Towler’s story is not how China discovered tea, except Wilkinson believes that China did not actually discover tea. Wilkinson believes that it is the indigenous people from southwest China.Little is known about these people we don’t know what they were actually called we just know that they were the first people to brew tea. The reason why China is credited for discovering tea is that they were the first nation to write about tea which is why many people believe the fantasy tales of the origin of tea. 

Towler. “2 A Brief History of Tea in China.” Chadao Origins, 2010.Wilkinson. “36.12 Tea.” Tea History, 2018.

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