Xiancantan was constructed in 1742 to perform the ceremony for the progenitor of sericulture. Agriculture and sericulture were considered the nation’s foundation, thus the rites concerning both were held of equal importance, the former was officiated by the emperor, while the later by the empress. The plan of the altar would be kept in the historiography institute for preservation and future references.
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- A.D.1742, Qing dynasty