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Family law  /  Han nationality
Period : 18th century  /  Material : Bamboo
L : 6.2cm , W : 5cm , H : 27.5cm

 
A grandfather once narrated a story to his grandson using a metaphor; the former picked up a piece of bamboo strip and snapped it, then two pieces of bamboo strips and managed to snap them as well, and eventually picked up a bunch of bamboo strips and failed to snap them. What this grandfather was trying to tell his grandson is that unity triumphs over everything.

As the descendants of the Han nationality, the Hakka ancestors did not want their coming generations to forget the lesson in this ancient Han story, hence they have concretized the story into Family Law and it is placed on the altar with one bent inward and another bent outward, which symbolizes both internal and external unity; the Family Law is summoned after offering sacrifices to the ancestors during various festivals and new year for the elders to narrate the family story, which inherits the chronicles of life and transforms it into a common memory, thereby tightening the relationship of the family.
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