Chinese Hist Lecture 1 - Outline Subjects Ways of Knowing...

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Outline Subjects: Ways of Knowing Chinas origins Myth Archaeology and history -Neolithic era (5000-2000 BC) (pre-china and pre history) -Bronze Age (follows Neolithic) (Chinese and historical) -Xia Dynasty (its existence is unverified) -Shang Dynasty (existence verified 1766-1123 BC) -Oracle bones (divination rituals) -Theocracy Terms : Pan Gu (ancient mythic male deity) Nu Wa (ancient mythic female deity) Fu Xi (ancient mythic male deity) Yellow River Wei River Priest-king (wrote down soome chinese symbol for the last term) Mythic Origin - based on Pan Gu . in the beginning, everything was a swirling confusion. Pan Gu came in an egg and created the earth, then seperated heaven and earth. then he died, his body parts becoming things like the sun, moon, and soil. - another view is the goddess Nu Wa was responsible for giving life to all living things - another has Nu Wa mating with Fu Xi to create humans - these mythic explanations dominated thought for creation of china for thousands of years Archaeology and History Origins
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