The Beijing Eunuch Museum is a Blast

It's Eunuch TimeHave you ever wondered in the wonderful world of eunuchs? Well, in Beijing you have a chance! In case someone doesn’t know, eunuchs are those “depending how you look at it” fortunate or unfortunate people who have had their private parts mainly the “dingily dong” removed at early stages of puberty. This results in a man with a change in the levels of testosterone. Lack of the hormone perhaps created entertaining personalities for the Chinese emperors.

So they served as slaves for the aristocratic families but even though their social status was low it was considered a respected profession. You can get to know all about it when traveling in Beijing and visit the museum for just 8RMB.

This small museum is noted as the best of the eunuch museums in China and it certainly is not the only one. It’s located at the Tian Yi Tomb where lies the remains of a Ming Dynasty eunuch. Unfortunately no live closeups are presented to visitors. However a vast number of pictures and tools used for the removal operation are on display. Just to make sure there are no eunuchs in modern day China, the last one died 1996.

In China it is tradition to burry the whole body and so were the eunuchs. Testicles and the penis were kept until the day of death to accompany the sacred burial. Respect.

 

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