dì ordinal (1st,2nd)

Made up of [ zhú bamboo radical 118, younger brother; junior male ]
Number of strokes 11

Related characters


Using zhú : bǐ (pen) suàn (calculate) xiào (smile) jiàn (arrow)

Sounds same

dì (supreme ruler) dì (earth) dì (younger brother)

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Imperial servants - the eunuchs

Imperial servants - the eunuchs

History

For over two thousand years the Chinese Emperor was served by a large number of Imperial servants who had castrated as young boys. With no possibility of having children themselves they were seen as having more loyalty to the Emperor than the Emperor's often scheming family. Some eunuchs became fabulously rich as a result of their total control of access to the Emperor.
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