Amateur as Arbiter

Yi-Li Wu

in Reproducing Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260689
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947610 | DOI:
Amateur as Arbiter

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The sister-in-law of Wu Yu suffered many miscarriages, so Wu Yu sought treatment and decided to consult the monks of the Bamboo Grove Monastery. They were known in the region for their success in curing women's diseases. After describing the problem to the monks, the monks sent Wu Yu away with medicine. Wu Yu's sister-in-law took several doses over several days and successfully carried her next pregnancy to term and gave birth to a healthy baby. Because of the success of the Bamboo Grove monks, Wu Yu's interest with them grew; he carried out some research on the formula of medicine the monks possessed, and by 1793, he had finished his work. In 1886, Wu Yu's manuscript was released, and dozens of texts attributed to the Bamboo Grove monks were produced in all corners of the Chinese Empire, and these texts circulated and became known in the Qing period.

Keywords: Qing; manuals; texts; monks; Wu Yu; Bamboo Grove Monastery; pregnancy; Chinese Empire

Chapter.  11567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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