This lecture by James Benn (McMaster University) looks at the surviving artistic, material, and literary evidence for Buddhist involvement in the promotion of tea drinking and the invention of a Chinese tea culture in premodern times. Some of the questions it looks to answer include…
- What was the connection between religious practice, beverage consumption and aesthetics in Tang and Song-dynasty China?
- In what ways did Buddhist institutions, individuals, and ideologies help to create meaning around a relatively new beverage?
- How can historians of religion and culture make sense of modes of consumption in the past?