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pi·ya·la [ˈpēyälä]:
origin: Persian- پیاله‎; Uzbek: piyola- Russian- пиала́

I recently acquired a catalog for Russian tea sets (manufactured for a store in New York City), which is fascinating in the cultural differences of mere eating habits. Surely England's high tea is well known, but alternate versions perhaps less so. Myself and an older friend puzzled over the word "palaya" applied to a specific set, which simply turned out to mean: a small bowl used to drink tea out of, used across the Middle-East and Asia for far longer than the British have been sipping leaves.

Not that Russians don't similarly enjoy elegant-handled porcelain cups with gold-trimmed flourishes, though they have more focus on decorative Samovars and accessories for caviar. Mmn, caviar.

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Aug. 17th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
A contest--great idea! I hope it brings more life to the group.

I really like the picture to go along with the word today. It adds context.
Aug. 17th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you and may I say: awesome icon. *chucks name in hat*
Aug. 17th, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
Russian custom of drinking very hot tea is to sip it from the saucer :)
Aug. 18th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
I have seen that once or twice and always wondered why. Thank you! *puts name into hat*
Aug. 18th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
My personal theory is that in Russian climate one would want to consume the tea at it's hottest, sipping it from the saucer allows for small controlled sips so to not burn one's mouth. Sometimes, it's to get the opposite effect: it cools faster.

Often, Russian tea services have deeper than usual saucers because of this.

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Edited at 2014-08-18 02:38 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you; that was an excellent contribution to this post, both in fact and artwork.
Aug. 18th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :)

the artwork is by this artist:
Aug. 26th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Ah, the famous painting by Kustodiev ;)

You forgot another detail--it's to drink tea from the saucer while sucking it through a cube of sugar held between the teeth :P
Aug. 26th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
I thought that was done with "red tea" in Persia (served in small clear glasses)?

They do this with sugar cubes in Russia as well?
Aug. 26th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Used to; that custom has rather fallen out of fashion in the last century or so, as you can imagine...and it was always not a high society custom ;)

Or, one can do this:

Aug. 27th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
That looks wonderful.
Aug. 27th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
All these things can be bought ;) Is it the edibles you want, or the glass-holder?

(and, I think I know which words I'll post this Friday, thanks for the idea ;))
Aug. 26th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
I like your word ;) We had these, but they were larger and deeper, like bowls really, so we used them for soup.
Aug. 26th, 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
I have china like that, since I met a lovely Korean woman who insisted on making tea for me in typical tea ceremony fashion, I've enjoyed tea as well as soup out of bowls like that.
Aug. 26th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Makes sense :)

Our were ceramic.
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