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Okay, kind of a weird request but:

Does anyone know of any books or scholarly articles that cover the topic of maids and/or servants in ancient China? As in, how one became a maid, what responsibilities maids had to their employers, what personal interests did they have, did they typically serve for life, or just until marriage, what kind of hierarchy existed among servants, etc, etc.

Specifically Tang dynasty, but really any time period would be helpful.

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Does anyone know of any books or scholarly articles that cover the topic of maids and/or servants in ancient China?

I highly recommend the book “宫女谈往录 / Maid of Honor to the Queen Cixi talking about the past”, which tells people in details about how maids and ladies in waiting, and even eunuch servants lived their life in late Qing Dynasty.











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