History of sheesha smoking

The origins of the sheesha are mysterious and obscured by the mists of time and tobacco smoke. No one can say for certain exactly when the device was first invented, but it is likely that it evolved over time.  

One theory says that the water pipe was in use in India 1000 to 2000 years ago and long before the discovery of tobacco in the New World.  This would suggest that aromatic herbs were smoked in the pipes. The original water bowl was probably made from a coconut shell.  

It seems that, as the concept of the sheesha travelled through Afghanistan and eventually Persia, it acquired the name “narghile”, which comes from the Sanskrit root and means “coconut” in Farsi.

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