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38 rare pictures of eunuchs during the Qing Dynasty

A eunuch (太監, Taijian) is a man who has been castrated in his early life for this change to have major hormonal consequences.

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They have performed a wide variety of functions in many cultures: treble singers, courtiers, domestics, religious specialists, government officials, and harem servants.

Records of eunuchs in China date to the Shang dynasty, when the Shang kings castrated prisoners of war.

In China, castration included the removal of the penis as well as the testicles.

Both organs were cut off with a knife at the same time.

From ancient times until the Sui Dynasty, castration was both a traditional punishment and a means of gaining employment in the Imperial service

Men sentenced to castration were turned into eunuch slaves of the Qin dynasty state to perform forced labor for projects such as the Terracotta Army.

From ancient times until the Sui Dynasty, castration was both a traditional punishment (one of the Five Punishments) and a means of gaining employment in the Imperial service.

In China, castration included the removal of the penis as well as the testicles. Both organs were cut off with a knife at the same time.

At the conclusion of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial Court employed approximately 70,000 eunuchs. These individuals performed a variety of roles, with a significant number serving within the confines of the Imperial Palace. The influence of certain eunuchs extended far beyond their official capacities, at times surpassing even the authority of the Grand Secretaries. A notable example of such a powerful eunuch was Zheng He, who emerged as a prominent figure during the Ming era.

Zheng He’s journey to becoming a eunuch is tied to the broader military and political contexts of the time. In 1382, following the Ming army’s successful campaign to reclaim Yunnan from Mongol control, a grim wartime practice was enacted. Thousands of prisoners were executed, and in line with the customs of the period, their young sons were subjected to castration. Zheng He was among those who endured this fate, a common practice intended to create reliable servants of the state by precluding any claims to family lineage or legacy, thereby ensuring their loyalty to the emperor.

Certain eunuchs gained immense power that occasionally superseded that of even the Grand Secretaries, like Zheng He, who lived during the Ming Dynasty.

Images of Chinese eunuchs

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Last Updated on 2024/03/31

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