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Hong-wu: Year 6, Month 2, Day 8

2 Mar 1373

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Maritime trading Muslims (海賈回回) offered the fan aromatic "a-la-ji" to the Court. "A-la-ji" is called rose-water (薔薇露) in Chinese. They said: "This aromatic can cure heart disorders and can be mixed with powder and used as a woman's cosmetic." The Emperor said: "There are many Chinese medicines which can cure disease. This is mainly for use as a cosmetic. It is but an extravagance." It was refused.

Tai-zu: juan 79.2b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 4, page 1440

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/hong-wu/year-6-month-2-day-8, accessed October 30, 2020