These tricky little utensils, it is well believed, originated around 5,000 years ago in the great country of China and spread to other Asian countries hundreds of years later. They are also Kuai-Zi in China, which means ‘fast little fellows.’ Interesting, because when I eat with chopsticks, I am anything but fast. How did they come about, anyway? When cooking over the fire was finished, the early Chinese used sticks and branches of wood to gather their food. Resources became scarce as the population continued to expand, and people had to find ways to conserve the resources they had. They would cut their food into teeny tiny pieces in order to conserve fuel so that it would cook faster. There was no longer a need for knives with these tiny parts. Sticks and later “chopsticks” were, thus, the preference of utensil. We find this page more useful.
Kong Qiu (i.e. Confucius) founded Confucianism and had a powerful effect on the culture of China around c. 500 B.C.E. Confucius was a tutor to the sons of aristocracy and travelled to spread his values and wisdom from region to region. It is regarded as such, while Confucianism is not a religion. With strict guidelines and a hierarchy of influence, Confucius established followers and taught principles. One of reverence for all people, especially one’s elders, was his most notable teaching. How does this affect the growth of the chopsticks you may ask for? Confucius was a vegetarian and he believed that slaughterhouses would remind people of knives. “Confucius taught, “Confucius taught, And he doesn’t allow knives on his table.” With Confucianism influencing the Chinese culture, the use of chopsticks quickly developed.”
What do chopsticks consist of?
Wood, duh. Well, that’s what we’re seeing in America anyway. But chopsticks are known to be made of a variety of materials with a variety of designs. Bamboo is the most common and popular material. They can also be made of plastic, porcelain, animal bone, metal, jade, coral, silver, and even gold. They’re usually 9-10 inches with blunt ends, but they can also be pointed. And if you’re real.