Today we went to the Hong Kong Museum of History. It had all sorts of things including the floods that occurred, how it once became a desert and an ocean, the four tribes that settled here, the native festivals, and the empires that conquered this area. Though I do not have time to talk about all of that.
The thing I found most interesting were the four main tribes that settled here. One, the Tanka, or boatdwellers, who mostly only lived on boats. They would only occasionally go back to land to gather supplies, but that would be uncommon. They also lived mostly on fish, which is a reason why they invented salted fish–to preserve it for longer.
Next are the Hoklo, who also were committed to sea. They did do more on land but for the most part they were also living on boats.
Then, the Punti, they were the farmers, different than the others, and I feel like they were very ceremony focused.
Last, but not least, the Hakka. They came from north of Hong Kong and settled here later. Since the Punti had already arrived there, they took the poorer lands in the hills. They were the rice people. Here is how the Hakka made rice:
- You would till soil
- Then you would plant the rice
- You irrigate
- You weed the area
- You harvest
- You winnow (separate the rice from the leaves and plants)
- You hull (take off the outside)
- You pound
Those are the steps put into making rice.
I also enjoyed the Bronze making area (1500-220 BCE BCE). They had arrowheads, wine containers, and what I most enjoyed was the dagger, because it was so detailed, even though that happened thousands of years ago. The second piece of bronze artwork I liked was an incredibly detailed wine container. On the wine container was a scene depicting a military victory. It was a ship filled with trophies and leaders wearing feathered clothing. The ship had five or six chambers and is the most detailed motif of ships ever found in the history of the world.