Tea Of Chin A Religious And Cultural History By James A. Benn

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The book, “Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History” by James A. Benn, explores the configuration of religious and cultural transformation in traditional China from the point of view of an everyday commodity and popular beverage known as tea. James A. Benn, the author, is a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at McMaster University.1 He is a historian specialized in medieval Chinese religions and has published on topics such as self-immolation, human combustion, and Chinese Buddhist apocrypha.2 In the book, “Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History,” I will be analyzing chapters one, three, five, and six in which it emphasizes on the development of tea, Buddhist ideas during the Tang Dynasty, the attitudes towards alcohol and tea, referencing Lu Yu 's background and interest, the story of tea through the Song Dynasty, and further interpret my own experience. In chapter one, the author mentioned his interest of analyzing the Chinese cultural sphere than in the global marketplace. He saw tea as a product and a drink. He first introduces the botanic name of tea plant which is Camellia Sinesis, in which it is best grown in mild warm climates, elevated ground, and in the Southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.3 The author also explained why Buddhist and Taoist institutions were able to benefit from it because of their monasteries were often located on mountain sites with access to fresh running spring water. James A. Benn also mentioned tea is not…

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