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History of Bamboo

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History of Bamboo
The use of bamboo goes back a long time. In fact, bamboo has been considered to be a symbol of good fortune in Asian cultures for over 4,000 years. Its ability to grow quickly and strongly has long deemed it a symbol of success and healthy sustenance. It’s one of the most popularly sought after Feng Shui symbols, highly recommended by the masters for creating a space of safe energy. Bamboo’s long lasting life has instilled it as a Chinese symbol of longevity, and it is considered to be symbolic of long lasting friendship in India. Its rare blossoming flowers have also been considered a sign of impending famine, probably due to rats feeding on the flowers to multiply and destroy the area’s food supply. Historically, China used the properties of bamboo to invent paper, using the inner pulp of bamboo to make the first paper ever. According to Chinese historical accounts, Ts'ai Lun who lived in the Eastern Han Dynasty first invented paper in 104 CE. He took the inner pulp of the mulberry tree and bamboo fibers, mixed them with water and pounded them with a wooden hammer. He then poured the mixture onto a coarse woven cloth and let the water drain through to leave only the fibers on the cloth that formed the paper. An ancient book entitled “Bamboo” written between 265 to 316 AD lists 61 species and varieties of bamboo in detail, including descriptions of their biological characterizations as well as gardening techniques. It’s one of the oldest publications in history. Bamboo has traditionally been used in China to make musical instruments, drinking cups and buckets, fishing rods, walls and structural posts, wicker furniture, rafts, carpets and even phonograph needles. Many of these bamboo components are still being used today. Bamboo has also been a favorite cuisine ingredient in China for thousands of years. Archeologists have unearthed bamboo weaving relics in China that are thousands of years old at the ruins of Banpo village in Xian, Shanxi...