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What Is Hookah
THE HOOKAH SMOKING TRADITION
‘Hookah’ from the Urdu word, huqqa, meaning pot or jar.
Hookahs have been part of the party for hundreds of years. This popular social practice has its roots in medieval India and today is entrenched in the cultures of the Middle East—and increasingly, America.
Historians credit an Indian doctor named Hakim Abul Fateh with the first recorded use of hookah. Fateh was the doctor to the Mughal emperor Akbar (1542-1605). He is said to have hit upon the idea of ‘purifying’ smoke by passing it through water because he was worried about the health risks of smoking tobacco.
The practice caught on quickly across India, the Ottoman Empire, the Persian Empire and parts of northern Africa. The first hookahs were made of wood and coconut shells, but they soon took on more decorative and technical forms.
Thanks to their splendid designs and unique ability to be shared by several people at once, hookahs became part of the ritual at social gatherings from diplomatic meetings to intellectual discussions, coffee houses and private parties.
Each culture added a twist to the Indian tradition. Nargileh, sheesha, and later, hubbly bubbly, were added to the growing list of names for the popular smoking devices. The stems grew up to 7” tall, engraved with delicate patterns. Inventive tobacco producers would conjure up tastes from watermelon to mint chocolate.
Today, the hookah may be less visible at state functions but it still has enormous power to bring people together. More and more people are discovering the time-honored joys of sharing a flavorsome hookah with family or friends, after a meal or during a night out of music and dancing.
MYA has played a key role in the evolution of the hookah since 1863, pushing the boundaries of design and artistry. Our hookahs are expertly crafted for maximum smoking and aesthetic pleasure. We’re proud to be helping to spread the enjoyment of this tradition to people around the world.
Parts of the Hookah and Hookah Accessories:
Tobacco Burner (or Head): The topmost component of the hookah is made of clay or ceramic, and comes in different colors and designs. The burner holds both the tobacco and the charcoal placed above it, allowing for good heat distribution.
Plate: Resting beneath the head, the stainless steel, rust-proof plate safely collects any charcoal or embers that may fall. Available in silver and gold colors.
Hose: Our new, fashionable hoses are covered with colored leather, with one wooden end connecting to the stem’s hose port and the other containing the smoking mouthpiece. To prevent residue build-up, the hose’s rustproof interior surface can be easily washed with soap and water after use.
Stem: This solid brass stem connects to the base and includes grommets to insure tight fit. Available in different sizes, colors and allows for easy cleaning with soap and water.
Vase: The vase holds the water during smoking. It comes in different styles, colors and shapes. We offer three types of vases. Handmade bohemian glass, crystal, and acrylic. We traditionally etch our intricate designs by hand using gold and platinum.
Tongs: Silver or gold tongs used to handle the charcoal.
Grommets: These are used to create airtight fits between the various parts of the hookah in order to prevent odors or leaking.
Carrying Case: For your comfort and convenience. We designed the world’s first carrying case. Cases come in various shapes, sizes to fit your Mya Hookah.
See all of our hookah accessories here.