Article ID: CBB759229990

Mosquito Repellent Incense in Ancient China (2014)

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The mosquito repellent incense was invented by the Chinese in Song dynasty,based on the traditional habitude of burning joss sticks and ceremony of sanitation in dragon boat festival,as well as the knowledge about the behavior of mosquito. The incense was called "mosquito smoke"or "mosquito drug". It was made up of argy wormwood and arsenic sulphide as well as duckweed mainly,shape liked stick,and produced in special workshops. The production of the mosquito repellent incense was developed between Ming and Qing dynasties,more and more materials were used to its production,including asafetida,notopterygium,wallich ligusticum,sulphur,camphor,and tobacco. Its types tended to become more varied. The composition of its materials aroused the interest of western scholars in the 1850 s.

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Authors & Contributors
Sun, Xiaochun
Guo, Shi-rong
Han, Jishao
Ma, Liping
Pan, Yining
Wang, Guangchao
Journals
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Stanford University Press
Concepts
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Western world, civilization and culture
East Asia, civilization and culture
Astronomy
Transmission of ideas
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
People
Clavius, Christopher
Stifel, Michael
Li, Zhizao
Needham, Joseph
Chang, Jolan
Xu, Shuwei
Places
China
Europe
Greece
Korea
Egypt
Japan
Times
Ancient
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
Medieval
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
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