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《Regional Culture Study》 2017-03
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A Cultural Study on the Phenomenon of Eating Water Shield in Song Dynasty

Yang Yi;  
Eating water shield was very common in Song Dynasty. At that time, water shield was not only widely accepted by people from different places, but also considered as dish, gift and sacrifice. However, people in Song Dynasty didn't think water shield as a healthy food and valuable medicine. Instead, they argued eating water shield could be very dangerous. So the phenomenon of eating water shield was a kind of cultural behavior. In the view of scholar-officials, water shield was something approximate to the way, a metaphor for reclusion and homesickness. By watching and imagining, the taste of water shield transformed to the picture of home. This was the reason why people at that time needed Literati Paintings. Moreover, the taste and shape of water shield also offered inspiration to artists, becoming a standard of using brush. The eating water shield phenomenon was an epitome of society and culture in Song Dynasty, which has profound influence in Ming and Qing Dynasties.
【CateGory Index】: K244;TS971
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