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Shang Dynasty

Global Studies Pd. 8/9
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Andy Joy

on 25 April 2010

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Shang Dynasty

Andy Joy 1766 BC - 1027 BC The Shang Dynasty was based on agriculture and major crops included:

Millet
Wheat
Barly They also raised animals and livestock including:

Silkworms
Pigs
Dogs
Sheep
Oxen The Shang worshipped
many gods, but worshipped
"Shang Ti" as a supreme god. Another major part of the
Shang religion was sacrafice
to the gods. Sacrafices would take place
when a king died, or during other
important events, like the founding
of a new palace or temple. Most written records of Shang were from "oracle bones" that were used to predict the future. The Shang are credited with
having invented writing.

This early form of writing was
originally pictographic, or based on
pictures that represented things or
sounds. Eventually their writing evolved
into an ideographic form of writing.

This being more like our own form of writing. They also used bronze for many ceremonial
vessels, as well as weapons.

However, becasue metal was scarce, they used
earthware for everyday use. The Shang Dynasty ended
when the last king was killed
by the king of an invading army.

The invading army set up the
Chou Dynasty. If all Chinese culture were
going to be wiped away, the one
piece that should be saved should
be the history of the Shang Dynasty.

This is because of the importance of
their invention of writing. Without
it, there would be so much less that
we would know about the past.
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