An Analysis of the Social Functions of the Tea-Drinking Custom in Southwest China During Tang-Song Dynasties

Yingqiu PU


Tang-Song dynasties are an important period in the formation of the Chinese tea custom and culture. During this period of time, immensely flourishing culture and arts, integrated with the tea-drinking custom, gave birth to a tea culture that had distinct characteristics of Tang and Song dynasties. The history of tea-drinking in the southwest region, the first tea-drinking region in China, can be traced back to the pre-Qin period. Influenced by the tea culture of Tang-Song dynasties, the tea-drinking custom in the southwest region carried out many social functions. This essay offers an analysis of the cultural factors inherent in the tea-drinking custom in the southwest region, starting with an examination of its social function.


Tang-Song; Tea-drinking; Function

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