By Conrad Schirokauer

This compelling textual content explores the advance of China and Japan via their artwork, faith, literature, and notion in addition to via their monetary, political, and social historical past. the writer staff combines robust examine with wide lecture room educating event to provide a transparent, constant, and hugely readable textual content that's available to scholars with out earlier wisdom of the heritage of East Asia.

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These vessels were commemorative and were often cast for individuals by the royal court in recognition of past achievements or future charges. , begins by setting the stage for a solemn ceremony and continues by quoting the king himself: The king said: “Song, [I] command you to officiate over and to supervise the Chengzhou warehouse, and to oversee and supervise the newly constructed warehouses, using palace attendants. ”11 Inscriptions such as this tell us something of the time but leave many questions unanswered.

They reveal the degree to which ancestral worship pervaded Shang state religion and political culture. Shang kings believed that their ancestors played an active role in their daily lives and fortunes. On behalf of the Shang kings, the ancestors could intercede with the Shang deity, Di (the Lord on High), to ensure good harvests to fuel the military campaigns, which in turn reinforced the power of the Shang kings. Unsurprisingly, the legitimacy of the Shang kings was rooted in the power and influence of their ancestors.

Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. 8 Part One ■ The Classical Civilization of China By the late Shang (c. ), written sources became available. The invention of writing was to be one of the lasting legacies of the period. The Origins of Chinese Writing The origins of the Chinese script are difficult to trace. e. True, archeologists have found pieces of pottery bearing incised or painted marks, but it is difficult to verify whether these marks are in fact parts of a script, as none of the marks match any of the characters found in Shang writing.

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