Chopsticks: history and meaning of custom


Traditional Chinese philosophy says that forks and spoons are symbols of war. While the chopsticks are correlated with the teachings of Zen and carry the invoke for non-violence. In addition, the technique of using chopsticks, where one of them remains permanently fixed, during the second one is actively moving - symbolically echoes the idea of the immobile origin of Yin and the active - Yang.

And even the external form of the chopsticks is not accidental and has its significance. So, the narrow rounded end is associated with the sky, and the wide square - with the earth. Fingers are the embodiment of humanity, which takes heaven and earth food. It is also believed that the length of Chinese sticks, which is usually 7 cuns (about 23 cm) and 6 fens (about 2 cm), is associated with the 7 senses and 6 desires that were described in Buddhist theology.

Bonus: the benefit of such a meal

The Chinese are sincerely convinced that such a method is not only convenient, but also very useful. Forks and spoons, of course, greatly simplify the intake of food, but on the other hand, with the help of chopsticks a person eats slower and that is important, more consciously. And the body, in its turn, easier and better absorbs food. What's interesting is that it's really hard to argue with this fact. Therefore, anyway we can say with confidence that the use of chopsticks is not only a tribute to the past, but also a well-founded and conscious approach to the process of eating, with its unusual philosophical background.