Wednesday, June 18, 2008

WuWo Tea Ceremony

I pluck the petals that are wet with dew, and drink my solitary cup in quiet.
When it is empty, pour myself another, The Sun goes down and all of nature rests.
T'ao Ch'ien, China 400CE
The poem was read at the WuWo Tea Ceremony this month. WuWo Tea Ceremony was developed in Taiwan about 1969 as a simple ceremony celebrated in the out of doors. You see my tea tray is set ready for the ceremony with Floating Leaves Tea Company's Baozhong Taiwan Wuyi ready to brew. There were 6 of us this month in attendance and we sit in a circle. When it is time to start brewing there is silence as we each steep our individual teas, strain to the serving pot, and serve each of the 4 cups. Then we stand and serve the 3 people to our left and serve ourself last. We sit again, enjoy the fragrance of the tea, and sip. We steep again and repeat the process 3 times.
The ceremony was developed to share equally no matter the status of each person, whether a king or a pauper. Tea is enjoyed in the out of doors by each of us.

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