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There were two main drinks for the people of Xiangye, spring water and rice wine. Only water from the springs, that seeped out through the earth or trickled through cracks in the stones, was used as drinking water. It was pure, cool and ever so slightly sweet. There were wells in both Dazhai and Xiaozhai, with pure spring water seeping into them day and night, and constantly over owing. They provided unpolluted drinking water for generations. It was forbidden to wash vegetables or clothes near the wells, for fear of contamination. Second only to spring water as a daily drink was rice wine. In those days everyone used glutinous rice for brewing wine. A constant supply of rice wine was stored in the family wine jars.

Keywords: Dazhai; glutinous rice; rice wine; spring water; Xiangye; Xiaozhai



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