1. The SHANG Dynasty

1. The SHANG Dynasty - into the bone-ancestral worship...

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The SHANG Dynasty - first civilization in China (arrived between 1700-1500 BC) - bronze production (bronze vessels) - writing appears around 1100 BC ORACLE BONES: - divinatory records of the SHANG – kings inscribed on turtle shells or shoulder blades of cattle - bone placed on shoulder, while they prayed to their ancestors. They would crack the bone and interpret the crack to make a prediction, which would be inscribed
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Unformatted text preview: into the bone.-ancestral worship: SHANG believed ancestors played role in their daily lives and fortunes-‘ Di ’ – “Lord on High” = Shang Deity-Ancestors could intercede w/ the Di to ensure good harvest, assist military, and bring victory....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 243 taught by Professor Radice during the Spring '08 term at S. Connecticut.

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