Three days after a child is born, sometimes a month later, friends and family gather at a ceremony to wash the child. This was the custom during the Song Dynasty in China.
Recently I watched a TV series on the poet Su Shi (also know as Su Tung Po) and the turbulence of his political career. A brilliant writer, poet, painter, calligrapher and statesman, Su was sent down numerous time by the Emperor and died on the way back to the capital.
As I wash you, Child by Su Shi (1037 – 1101)
Everyone wishes for a clever son
My life was ruined by cleverness
I wish my child to be guileless with
No obstacles to achieving fulfilment
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017