In the last spring month the young empress was wont to purify herself and offer a sacrifice to the goddess of the silk worms. She herself would go to the fields and gather mulberry leaves. The raising of the silk worms was so important that at this season she would dispense with the waiting women who sewed and embroidered for her, and forbid similar work for the noble ladies and ministers' wives in order that all might give their attention to the culture of the worms. As this suggests, the silk industry in ancient China was considered so vital to the prosperity of the people as to be interconnected with various religious rites.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Herbert Manchester
Published Date - September 02 2019
ISBN - 9780260180155
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
Page Count - 63
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