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Mornings And Evenings

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In the early morning there were three main activities: hulling rice with the treadmill, cutting grass for the buffaloes and kindling the fire in the kitchen. The young wife or unmarried young woman climbed out of bed and went directly to the food steamer, from where she poured some unhusked rice into the winnowing basket. From there she hurriedly went downstairs to begin work on the treadmill, hulling the rice. Around 10 am, people dispersed. In the busy farming season, men and women picked up their tools one after another and went to the paddy fields or the countryside to work. As the sun set, the villagers stopped work for the day and made their way home. Some of the men carried firewood on shoulder poles, others directly on their shoulders. Mornings and evenings were the two most spirited times of the day for the people of Xiangye.

Keywords: evenings; farming season; mornings; treadmill; Xiangye

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