Consider, for a moment, how times, places, and everyday objects can influence our faith practices. Religion or spiritual traditions are not created in a vacuum. For example, Jewish Passover might include congee instead of unleavened bread if the Hebrews had exited ancient China instead of Egypt. How does a Christian missionary translate the import of Jesus’s “I am the bread of life” statement to a people who live without bread? The intertwining of foods, culture, and spiritual practice have taken place with tea, Buddhism, Christianity, and Daoism. Let’s take a look at how tea shapes, and is shaped by, faith practices.
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