"Tea and Other Decoctions for 'NourishingLife' in Medieval China"


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  • Speaker: James Benn, McMaster University
  • Host Department: Center for Chinese Studies
  • Date: 10/23/2012
  • Time: 12:00PM

  • Location: 1636 SSWB

  • Description:

    Professor Benn will examine one significant way in which tea, a relatively new beverage in Tang-dynasty China, was first consumed and understood: alongside other decoctions intended to promote health and wellness. He will look at a range of materials including poetry, material medica, monastic regulations and polemical treatises in order to better appreciate medieval Chinese concepts of tea, its benefits,and it potential hazards.

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