The original myth of tea


The history of tea is long and complex, and is linked with a founding myth coming from China .


Around 2700 BC lived in China a legendary emperor named Shennong, who also invented agriculture and Chinese medicine. He once made a decree telling that his subjects that they had to boil water before drinking it. As he was boiling some water, a few leaves felt in the water and the color changed.

Surprised, the Chinese emperor tried to drink the liquid, and immediately loved the taste and the effects.


An other Chinese legend tells that the god of agriculture chewed the leaves of various plants in order to discover medicinal properties. Some of them were poisonous so he had to take tea as an antidote to counteract the poison.


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