History, Culture

The Fascinating World of Concubines in Imperial China

The emperors of imperial China had hundreds of concubines who were captives for life, leading very lonely lives.

Mythili the dreamer
Oct 14 · 5 min read
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Image Credits: AncientOrigins — Movie Credits Curse of the Golden Flower

The world of concubines

The strict selection of concubines in Imperial China can be judged from a story about the Ming emperor Tianqi who wanted to select some concubines for himself.

They lead lonely lives

There can be no friends among concubines only bitter rivals. The internal hierarchy was firm and inflexible so concubines would guard their ranking tooth and nail and would do anything and everything to advance including poisonings, assassinations, and even disfigurement. Spending a night with the emperor was the biggest prize and every concubine would compete vehemently against each other.

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