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No Beggars Or Thieves

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Xiangye was located at the heart of a 'green zone'. All kinds of edible plants and fruits grew in the wild and all kinds of vegetables grew in the gardens, all year round. The surrounding hillsides and valleys were covered with terraced rice paddies, which in turn were full of fish, like the nearby Langdong river. One consequence of this caring community was that no one from Xiangye made a living by begging. Indeed, beggars were referred to as 'Gax goul', where 'Gax' is the word for 'Han person' and 'goul' is the word for 'beg'. Xiangye was practically devoid of thieves, a place where people could safely leave their doors open at night. No one even took possession of things dropped accidentally on the paths around the village, so normally no one from the village was ever suspected of theft.

Keywords: beggars; thieves; Xiangye

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