Chinese culture involves every aspect of life, from food to use, and almost everything has a profound historical record. A lot of things tend to be ubiquitous in life, but we tend to be extremely easy to ignore them, like a pillow.
What is a pillow? I don’t have to go into that. Everybody knows that. But few people know the history and culture of the pillow. If it wasn’t for a trip to yanchi in ningxia, I wouldn’t have known that the original pillow is also asked by the university.
In the pillow culture museum of yanchi, there are many pillows made of various materials collected from the folk, including jade, stone, bamboo and ceramic.
According to historical records, the word “pillow” was first coined by cao cao during The Three Kingdoms period. But the earliest recorded history of pillow use began around 7000 BC. It is thought that the egyptians had softer, softer pillows, but they did not use them very often.
And in our country, the people of the warring states period has already been particular about the use of pillows. In 1957, a bamboo pillow was unearthed from a tomb of chu during the warring states period in changtai pass, xinyang, henan province. The appearance of bamboo pillow, make expert feel surprise. In fact, compared with today’s person to the pursuit of the pillow, far less than the ancients that exquisite, look at the name alone, there is a way inside.
The pillow used by the emperor is made of gold, and is framed with high-quality nephrite. It is called “jade pillow”. Rich family to su silks for fabrics, built-in selection of cotton, square, is called “silk pillow” or “square pillow”; Young ladies are said to be young in the pillow rust with phoenix, to be married to the rust yuanyang, with nanmu for the frame, called “nan pillow”, so there is “hair pillow mat” poetry.
But whether it is “jade pillow”, “silk pillow” or “square pillow”, or “nan pillow”, the pillow culture museum in yanchi is all present. Including some ceramic “square pillows” also painted with birds and flowers figures, very interesting. This ceramic pillow is used more extensively in history, it is originated from sui dynasty, development is in tang dynasty, sheng is in two song dynasty and jin, yuan period, begin to decline to Ming and qing dynasties.
In fact, ceramic pillow is too hard, and too tall, cause strain of cervical vertebra easily, do not suit the person to use, but ancients esteem highly “have nothing to worry about”, this ceramic pillow also is popular rise. But today’s people, nature won’t choose ceramic pillow, also won’t use “jade pillow”, but worth mentioning is, these two kinds of pillow collect value extremely high.
Pillow, as it is to a kind of to cervical vertebra rise to protect “health care thing”, the pursuit of contemporary pair of pillow, often want comfortable, too tall too low too hard too soft not line. For today’s people, every day’s work and study life is super tense, suffer from all kinds of pressure, lying on the bed of the moment, must be to relieve the fatigue of cervical spine muscles, ligaments in sleep.
Accordingly, pillow besides the cent that has material, also have the cent of health care type and remedial type. Some pillows have massage effect, some pillows have “hypnotic” power, between technology and tradition, the design of the pillow is also full of exquisite, above all the most important is the filling material of pillow core. There are a variety of fillings on the pillow market, and the one that makes me feel most comfortable is the pillow core with Chinese herbs.
I once bought a herbal medicine sachet to help me sleep and put it beside my pillow every night. The effect was very obvious. This shows, if the filling material in the pillow has the Chinese herbal medicine of different effect, match again with the scientific design of pillow modelling, then this soothes the body and mind that a day wearily can be able to be able to sleep peacefully surely.
The pillow culture center in yanchi is not only a promotion of ancient and modern pillow culture, but also a variety of traditional pillows made for different needs of different groups of people. In the exhibition hall, in addition to various old pillows collected from the folk, there are also pillows made of silk and satin, which are of different sizes and shapes, which are very interesting.
Because the buckwheat of salt pond is very famous, use local material accordingly, local people chooses good buckwheat shell to be main raw material, match again different Chinese herbal medicine, use traditional craft and modern science and technology, produce health ear pillow, head pillow. It has the effect of brightening eyes, breathable and calming, and improving sleep quality.
Among them, ear pillow is a major characteristic of cultural center. I don’t know if you have this phenomenon: often when you sleep on your side, your ears will be under a lot of pressure and feel pain. This ear pillow is a good solution to this problem. The ear pillow is square with round holes in the top and bottom, and this round hole is to sleep on the side, put the ear.
Among many Chinese medicinal materials, I personally most favor mugwort leaves and small wild chrysanthemum. It is said to use the pillow that contains Chinese herbal medicine for a long time, can achieve the effect that keep in good health. But in fact, the ancients were wiser when it came to health preservation. Besides the meticulous on food and exquisite, this pillow has the cent of four seasons, if winter pillow, summer pillow or soft pillow, hard pillow.
And the pillow of this Chinese herbal medicine also is not the product of modern civilization, and ancient medical scientist is invented, ancient people also early favour add. Sun simiao, who died at the age of 102, had the theory of “smelling fragrance and dispelling diseases”. Lu you, a poet of the southern song dynasty, loved medicine pillow all his life and lived for 85 years. Also left a lot of poems for the medicine pillow. In his compendium of materia medica, li shizhen of the Ming dynasty mentioned the principle of medicine pillow for curing diseases many times.
The experience of the ancients is enough to prove that Chinese medicine pillow is very healthy. It may seem ordinary, but it is very important. It is an irreplaceable thing in our life, and it is the key to healthy sleep.