Common Knowledge of Chinese Culture

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Silk

Notwithstanding the disparagement of early Chinese inventions by some, no one has yet been found bold enough to try and wrest the palm from them for the three discoveries of porcelain, lacquer-ware and the manufacture of silk.  Silk culture is of very ancient origin; from the references in the Shu Jing to it, it is evident that it was well known when that work was written. Silkworms are said to have been first reared (B.C. 2600) by the Empress of Huang Di, who was deified and worshipped, under the name of Yuen-fi, as the Goddess of Silk. South China is famous for silk production

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