Whether you are a fan or simply curious to dazzle your eyes at the coffee machine with colleagues, discover the origins of shisha. Some information might even surprise you!
Shisha: a controversial history
Eastern cultural tradition, the hookah allows to tighten the bonds between the family or the friends. Its use has endured for generations throughout the Middle East. In addition to entertainment, the hookah also hides other assets.
The hookah draws its origins from Persia, Africa, India, but also from America and Europe. A true object of art, it was also a very popular present, often offered as a gift. The form we know today dates back to the 16th century and was discovered in India. Indeed, in this country, smoking tobacco was a tradition in which the smoke was “purified” by water. This object allowed families to show their high social level.
A century later, the Persians developed the hookah and also made it accessible to everyone. It was not until the 18th century that the Turks also found a real attraction there. Very present among the rich, the chicha was even reserved for diplomatic meetings. Finally, throughout the 19th century, the shisha grows throughout the Middle East. Additions of fruits and molasses with tobacco are also experimented, however, the customs remain unchanged since it is shared between people of the same family, friends or even with strangers.
Why does shisha seduce the whole world?
Much tastier than a simple cigarette, chicha can improve or diversify the taste of tobacco by adding fresh fruit, juice, fruit essences, etc. On the other hand, it is also much more user-friendly. Smoking shisha allows you to relax and discuss various topics. Many hookah bars are opening all over the world, always with the aim of sharing a good time with friends or family. Some also claim that shisha is less harmful because it is more natural.