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Unformatted text preview: 3. Eventual collapse of Zhou dynasty III. Society & Family a. Xia Dynasty i. Royal family holds the top position in society b. Shang and Zhou Dynasties i. Social hierarchy 1. Powerful aristocratic families 2. Craftsmen merchants 3. Peasants 4. Slaves ii. Extended family iii. Veneration of ancestors iv. Father performs the rites to honor the family 1. Plays the role of the priest due to the lack of organized religion v. Strong patriarchal system IV. Early Chinese writing a. Secular society b. 100,000s of Shang Dynasty Oracle bones i. Divination ii....
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