Religious worships of the Shang Dynasty

The Shang dynasty is the earliest dynasty of traditional Chinese history supported by archaeological evidence. The Shang religion was characterized by a combination of animism, the idea that everything has a soul; shamanism, the belief in shamans...

Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE) was the second dynasty of Chinawhich succeeded the Xia Dynasty (c. 2700-1600 BCE) after the overthrow of the Xia tyrant Jie by the Shang leader, Tang. Since many historians question whether the Xia Dynasty really...

The Yin Dynasty: Sima Qian’s Historical Records

Hsieh of Yin's mother was Chien Ti, who was one of the daughters of Yusung and the secondary wife of Emperor Ku. She was going with her two sisters to bathe, when she saw a...

Erlitou culture: Stunning Capital of Xia Dynasty Unearthed

Chinese archaeologists found a large-scale building foundation in Erlitou Ruins of Yanshi, central China's Henan Province, which belongs to the later period of Xia Dynasty. The discovery, the first of its kind in China,...

Longshan culture: Black Pottery Culture in northern China from about 3000 to 1900...

A distinctive feature of the Longshan culture was the high level of skill in pottery making, including the use of pottery wheels, producing thin-walled and polished black pottery. This pottery was widespread in North China, and also...

Yu the Great

Yu the Great (大禹) was long regarded as an ideal ruler and kind of philosopher king by the ancient Chinese. He was a legendary ruler in ancient China famed for his introduction of flood control, inaugurating dynastic rule in China by...

Massive flood may have led to China’s earliest empire -Xia Dynasty

China finds 3,600-year-old palace Chinese archaeologists recently found a palace dating back to about 3,600 years ago at the Erlitou Bronze Age site in Henan province. (December 13, 2011) It is the best-preserved palace ever found...

The Hsia Dynasty

Yü of Hsia was styled Wênming (literally 'accomplishments and orders'). Yü's father was Kun, whose father was the Emperor Ch‘uanhsü, whose father was Ch‘angyi, whose father was Huangti; so Yü was Huangti's great-great-grandson, and Ch‘uanhsü's...

Emperor Taizong of Tang hoped for long lasting peace for his dynasty

In the fifth year of Zhenguan, Emperor Taizong said to his attendants, “Since ancient times, no emperors or kings have been able to avoid this: although you have peace internally; you may have disturbance...

Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty talks about governance

In the first year of Zhenguan, the Emperor said to his attendants, “As an emperor, I must think first of the people. If I live my own life well by causing damages to the...

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