Question: Why did eunuchs have so much power?

Eunuchs were powerful political players in ancient Chinese government. Originating as trusted slaves in the royal household they were ambitious to use their favoured position to gain political power. Their influence on government would result in the falling of dynasties and last right up to the 17th century CE.

Why did eunuchs have so much power in China?

The presence of eunuchs in the Forbidden City, the ancient home to many Chinese emperors, was a long-standing tradition. Confucian values deemed it vital for the emperor, seen as heavens representative on Earth, to produce a direct male heir to maintain harmony between heaven and Earth.

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