The Meaning of Tea

I quite like how the Chinese word for tea 茶(cha) reveals another layer of meaning when its parts are dissected. As seen in the diagram above, man is between grass and trees, which supposedly alludes to the harmonious relationship human beings should have with nature. Alternatively (and this is my own spin) it could be illustrating how man picks leaves from the tree (Camellia sinensis plant) and makes it grass (tea leaves). Whatever the case, all these possible symbolic representations from this one word are so interesting. Time to start reading more Chinese books again.

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