Yellow Lotus, Red Eyebrows, Yellow Turbans, Red Beards, Spirit Boxers. These are all names used in 19th century China, but to describe what?

Answer: Different secret societies. These societies were often involved in robbery, protection rackets, prostitution and gambling. The most famous examples of such groups were the Triads and the Green Gang.

Source: The Penguin History of Modern China by Jonathan Fenby

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