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Terra Cotta Warriors

A informative presentation about the Terra Cotta Warriors in China.
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Henry So

on 27 April 2010

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Terra Cotta Warriors The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 in the eastern suburbs of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province by local farmers drilling a water well 1.5 miles east of Lishan (a mountain). The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin. Discoverers only uncovered a small fraction of the total 'army' of figures: experts currently place the entire number of soldiers at 8,000 – with 130 chariots, 530 horses and 150 cavalry horses helping to ward off any dangers in the afterlife. So far only just over 1,000 soldiers are on display at the emperor's famous mausoleum, near the ancient capital of Xi'an, Shaanxi province. Over 700,000 men took 36 years to create his terracotta army. Qin Shi Huang was terrified of death - but allegedly died from taking too many mercury pills, which he thought would give him immortality. Qin Shi Huang began the construction of the Terracotta warriors at just the age of 13. The terracotta figures are life-like and life-sized. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. The colored lacquer finish, individual facial features, and actual weapons and armor from battle used in manufacturing these figures created a realistic appearance. The original weapons were stolen by robbers shortly after the creation of the army and the coloring has faded greatly. However, their existence serves as a testament to the amount of labor and skill involved in their construction. It also reveals the power the First Emperor possessed, enabling him to command such a monumental undertaking. The Terracotta warriors had a lot of great detail put into it. Notice the attention to detail to even the soles of the boots of the warriors. This is why these Terracotta warriors have become a main tourist attraction in China. This is my presentation about the Terracotta warriors, I hope it was very imformative! Terra Cotta Warrior Day on May 12th!
Come out and celebrate the importance of the Terra Cotta warriors and truly see the wonders of them. Reenactments of former emperors will be there. Make sure you wear your best warrior costume to be just like our beloved Terra Cotta Warriors!
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