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Drinking Realgar wine

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端午节的传统习俗——饮雄黄酒Drinking Realgar wine
端午节的传统习俗——饮雄黄酒(Drinking Realgar wine)

        端午时节及节后,气候炎热,蝇虫飞动,毒气上升,疫病萌发。古人认为人是吃五谷杂粮生百病的,而病从口入,多为邪杂之气,经口鼻吸入。人们在长期同各种病魔斗争过程中,发现饮雄黄酒能驱邪解毒,自有它的医理。雄黄许多地方都盛产,人们在不断的实践过程中用雄黄酿成雄黄酒,“清嘉录”记载:“研雄黄末,屑蒲根,和酒饮之,谓之雄黄酒。”即在酒里加上雄黄。雄黄,橘红色,可入药解病毒。雄黄酒是端午节的美酒。旧时建宁几乎家家酿雄黄酒,但多为男人饮,有些会喝酒的女人也饮些,小孩不能喝,大人就用手蘸酒在小孩面庞耳鼻手心足心涂沫一番。

Drinking realgar wine is another Dragon Boat festival custom. While the festival primarily celebrates Chinese culture, another aspect promotes good health. Traditionally, part of the festival focused on protecting people from disease. Realgar is an ancient medicine in China. It was also used to make household ornaments such as pots and cups. During the festival children wear charms made from realgar, and in some cultures the Chinese character for King is written on a child's head with realgar wine to ward off disease.

 

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