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Title: Snuff Introduction to China
Post by: rpfstoneman on November 08, 2022, 11:08:54 am
All,

The attached thesis seems to indicate that tobacco was introduced to China via the Philippines to southern China during the late Ming Dynasty.  Tobacco was cultivated during the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty and that snuff produced and in use in southern China prior to its documented presentation to Emperor Kangxi in the 23rd year of his reign (1684).   

Snuff is an imported product, whose main ingredient is tobacco. Snuff is another form of tobacco after being processed.  According to records in such books as Lu Shu by Yao Lv in the Ming Dynasty, tobacco was called "Dan Ba Gu" in ancient times, which was originally from Luzon (known now as the Philippines).  Since sniffing too much of it could be intoxicating, and since it's golden in color, it was also called dry wine and drunken golden thread.  At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, Luzon used tobacco as tribute to the Ming Dynasty.  Tobacco was spread to Zhangzhou, Fujian, China for cultivation during the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty.  Leipzig the German writer wrote in his article The Craving of the Nasal Desire: "A ridiculous and absurd custom has arisen all over the world: snuffing.  People of all classes in all countries are sniffing snuff... No matter men or women, people are sniffing snuff... yet they ridiculously call it a fashionable decoration".  According to Xi Chao Ding An, "In the 23rd year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1684), the emperor went on a tour to the south, Wang Ruwang and Bi Ji offered local products.  The emperor ordered to keep the Xila and gave them blue cloth and platinum." (Xila means snuff bottle).
 
Link: https://www.atlantis-press.com/proceedings/icadce-21/125960081

Or, copy and paste into search:  file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Research_on_Traditional_Handicraft_The_Painting_Ar%20(2).pdf 

Or see PDF attachment below, Charll