Today is talk a little bit about greetings. Compare the ritual adopted in Europe and Chinese/Japanese ceremony. We are all so accustomed to the ritual to shake hands when meeting, which does not realize what he actually means. Let me remind you, in case anybody forgot – extending an open right palm, we demonstrate the absence of weapons and, therefore, peace-loving intentions. Of course, today we don’t think about it and the ritual has lost the content leaving only the form.
In China there are several different forms of greeting. Today the Chinese are increasingly using the open outstretched palm, like the Europeans, but it would be naive to believe that centuries of tradition so easily yield to the new-fangled trends, so today in China often meet traditional bows and special gestures. The more bows I will write a bit because of this ritual, and the Chinese and the Japanese are quite identical.
I’m more interested in greeting that appears in almost any film dedicated to martial arts. In this ritual, hands on chest levels are connected – right-hand compressed Continue reading
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The spread of tea.
Active tea trade began in China since the fifth century. Tea from China along the silk road got abroad: through Central and Western Asia, Afghanistan and Persia to Rome. In a 729 year tea was introduced to Japan, where he was unusually roads and was considered as a miracle drink. It took about a hundred years, and it has spread to Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India.
The Indians were convinced in the powerful influence of drink on the body and has long been considered a tea drug. Europe tried tealeaves only in the XVI century. The pioneers among the Europeans were the Portuguese. In Holland and France tea appeared in the first half of XVII century. Foggy Continue reading
In China tea has hundreds of names, depending on the growing area, type or kind (“suisen”, “Yunnan”, “Sha-ozun”, “Oolong”, “Longji”, “Tonci”, “beica”, “Celena”, “Cheech”, “TOCA”, “choice” etc.). But the most common name, generalizing and often present in compound names of varieties that is “cha” which means “young leaf”. This is one of the oldest characters, created in the V century, when there was the term, the word “tea”. All other peoples of the world have borrowed their name from the Chinese tea.
In Russia the tea has been for centuries from Northern China – either from Hankow, or through Hankow, and therefore the English word “tea” is closest to Mandarin, Metropolitan, or so-called Mandarin pronunciation. From the Russians the name was perceived by the majority of the peoples of our country and these Slavic peoples, Bulgarians, Czechs, Serbs.
The Portuguese, who were the first of Western Europeans became acquainted with the tea and began to take out it from the South of China, from Canton, who was in the position of one of the capitals, called tea “Chaa” – also according to Mandarin pronunciation.
The peoples of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh where the tea party Continue reading