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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:00 AM
1636 SSWB

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.

James Benn, McMaster University