There are myths in the Philippines and Vietnam about humanity coming from a part of the bamboo plant. What’s more, the bamboo’s strength and beauty are used in China to show the idea of a gentleman. But, of course, bamboo has practical uses too: for food, for building and more. Perhaps, the most important symbol of the bamboo, though, is the terrible plague of rats that always comes with the flowering of the plant (1,040 words).
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