Centuries ago, an Ethiopian shepherd observed his goats eating berries from an unfamiliar tree. Then, he noticed his goats were so energetic that they were unable to sleep that night. Upon sharing his discovery with the abbot of a local monastery, the two men brewed a drink with the same berries and found that it helped them stay focused during evening prayer. Another tale originates from Yemen, where a Sufi noticed birds becoming lively after consuming the berries.

  幾個世紀以前,一位衣索比亞牧羊人看到他的山羊正在吃一棵不常見的樹的漿果。接著,他發現他的山羊非常精力充沛,以至於當晚牠們無法入眠。在與當地修道院的院長分享他的發現後,兩人用相同的漿果泡了一種飲料,並發現這有助於他們在晚間祈禱時保持專注。另一則故事起源於葉門,一位蘇非行者在那裡注意到鳥類在食用漿果後變得很活潑。

 

生活必備字詞:

shepherd n. 牧羊人

energetic a. 精力旺盛的

lively a. 活潑的,精力充沛的


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