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Thrifty People

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The fertile soil around Xiangye sustained paddy fields and dense forests. In and around the mountain-ringed valley, gardens were created and land was opened up for farming. Men farmed the land for food while women grew, spun and wove cotton for clothing. Xiangye people were thus self-sufficient in food and clothing. They were born into nature and survived courtesy of nature's endowments. Household beds, stools, tables and wooden barrels of different sizes were all made from China fir. People took special care of these household items. Rice grain was used as payment for carpenters, cotton-teasers or other artisans. It was also sold to buy salt, used to brew alcohol and satisfy the men's daily habit of drinking, feed the pigs for meat, feed household poultry, which provided eggs and meat; give as a gift, or trade for sewing needles.

Keywords: China fir; rice grain; Xiangye people



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