The history of hookah smoking tradition
It's quite interesting to know that the name "shisha" as a transformation borrowed from the Arabic «galian», that means "boiling root" as it sounds in Iran and Azerbaijan.
In Arab countries like Egypt, Sudan and the Gulf, hookah is known as - shisha (شيشة), from the Persian shīshe شیشه that means glass.
The history of hookah invention as a special device for cleaning and cooling of the smoke is lost in centuries.
There is a description of 40-50 litre holes in the ground which were covered with clay. Ancient people threw a heavy stone inside the holes and closed them with a lid made of twigs covered with clay as well.
They inserted through it a special pipe with a bowl on top, adding fume-extraction tube.
The steam of smoke, hitting the rock, splitted into bubbles and was purified by passing through water. Already cooled smoke was inhaled through the shank.
Such structures were used in the mountains of Afghanistan and southern Africa. People used it for smoking glucogenic and herbs to reach a soothing or intoxicating effect.
Such objects have been found by archaeologists in other regions, dating 8000 years BC.
In ancient times, people used natural materials such as dried coconuts, partially filled with water with two reeds. It served as a hookah on the islands and on the coast of Hindustan.
In ancient Egypt local people particularly used carved pumpkins for shisha smoking.
In fact, even today some tribes in Africa use such items.
More reusable and resistant items for smoking were hookahs made out of stones, bones and baked clay.
The tradition of smoke inhalation through the water filter had the tendency to improve with the development of copper and bronze processing.
Recognizable forms of hookah images were found in ancient India.
Needless to say, hookah is the most popular attribute of leisurely pastime for oriental people.
The most possible ways of the extending of water pipe smoking tradition were from India to the countries of north of Persia, Ethiopia, Arabia and Turkey.
With the development of trade relations it was brought to further Eastern areas.
As hookah was a quite compact and expensive item to be traded during the early Middle Ages, local craftsmen developed this trade, as well as the manufacture of weapons and household items.
In Persia, hookah was so fond by their inhabitants that they modified it almost into an unrecognizable form. Firstly, they made flasks from nut, pumpkin and porcelain. After that, instead of straw, they began to use solid and flexible hoses made of snake skin or core.
These were practical and durable hoses, which were called "snaky knots". During this period of time hookah-lovers used tobacco, which Persians used for hookah smoking.
In Turkey precious metals and glass were used for hookah hoses improvement, and they used skin instead of rigid branch tubes. 500 years ago Turkish shisha had shapes and proportions very close to the modern classic hookah.
The size of hookah changed significantly. Among Indian miniatures there is an image of two nobles under the palm trees playing chess, and behind them there were two hookahs of huge size. Hookahs were even higher than hookah servers.
But usually, hookah was still not larger than a man sitting in the lotus position.
The purpose of hookah also changed much.
The Indians began to use hookah for getting an analgesic effect.
Afterwards, the hookah smoking became one of the main elements of culture and tradition. Sheesha acquired its present value as a means of pleasure, relaxation and rest from the usual routine.
Its ritual function also increased: an offer to smoke hookah was an important sign of attention and respect. At the same time the refusal was accepted as a serious insult.
The same custom was in Ethiopia and Turkey during the Ottoman Empire. Actually it has preserved in the tradition of patriarchal societies of Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.
At the end of the eighteenth century an interest in the culture of the East European countries and America increased greatly.
It stimulated the studying of waterpipe smoking ritual. First, as a souvenir and wonder, then it turned into an interesting alternative to casual smoking.
Nowadays a lot of people prefer hookah to cigars or cigarettes owing to its wet fume purified from resins, and due to its aromatic tasty smoke.
Besides nowadays hookah lovers often use blend tobacco, as well as a "tea" hookah - with fruit and fragrant herbs.
Through the evolution of shisha, Hi-tech club hookah undoubtly can be considered as the next generation of hookah.
It can be proved by the fact that unlike shisha, exactly Hi-tech Club hookahs maintain high quality as well as all possible innovations and improvements in its design than any other hookah ever known during many cultures of modification.
The provement of it is a technical patent for significant innovation and lots of admiring comments of gourmets and lovers of ancient shisha smoking tradition.
Hookah is used as a delicious adornment to dinner party or any friendly parties as it is an authentic activity that gives new pleasant sensations and provides the rest from the hustle and bustle.
The usage of inert advanced materials in the Hi-tech club hookah which don’t suffer from corrosion, and are easy to clean - makes hookah more practical, pleasant, and easier to use than ever before.
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