chapter  VII
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THE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM

During the New Year period, while the young men of the House of the Golden Wing went off to join the village gambling clubs, Nanmin, the family's employee, silently carried the dung of the pigs and buffaloes, which had been collected day after day by the women of the family, to the space beside the right-hand door of the house. He spread the dung out in order to let it dry

. under the sunlight. Once the dung was dry, he took a wooden stick and beat it into fine powder. He used a bamboo sieve to sift the fine dung from the coarse. The fine dung was preserved as fertilizer for the farm, but the coarse was put back again into the original dung piles to be dried and sifted again the next time.