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The Shang Dynasty. A Shang Capital City. Anyang was the Shang Capital City The city included a palace, a temple, and houses King’s palace sat on a platform, the bones found under the palace makes archeologists believe that human sacrifices were performed

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a shang capital city
A Shang Capital City
  • Anyang was the Shang Capital City
  • The city included a palace, a temple, and houses
  • King’s palace sat on a platform, the bones found under the palace makes archeologists believe that human sacrifices were performed
  • Human sacrifices were part of the Shang burials
  • Animals, servants, slaves were led down ramps to be sacrificed, they believed that they would serve the king in their afterlife
  • Treasures found in tombs were included bronze weapons, carved jade ornaments, bone carvings, pottery, stone sculptures, and chariots
shang government
Shang Government
  • The Shang government was powerful
  • Depended on strong armies to maintain their rule
  • Shang’s army was made up of large numbers of soldiers
  • They were the first people to discover how to make bronze from copper and tin
  • Constantly were engaged in war
  • They were a terrifying threat to their enemies
shang social classes
Shang Social Classes
  • The Shang Dynasty had six social classes
  • King/Emperor-Highest in Authority and Power
  • Nobles-Second highest in authority/power. Lived in great palaces. Went hunting with king.
  • Craftspeople-Small social class, bronze workers were especially valued, they made weapons used by Shang warriors
shang social classes1
Shang Social Classes
  • Traders-Ranked below Nobles, but above farmers. People mostly traded goods. They traded with neighboring regions
  • Farmers-Largest social class in the Shang society. They raise pigs & chicken. They grew wheat, barley, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Slaves-The lowest social class. They built tombs & palaces. They were often captured in wars.
religion under the shang
Religion Under The Shang
  • How did the Shang connect with their ancestors?
  • They offered their dead ancestors wine and food to help them, and sometimes sacrificed humans
  • Believed kings had the power to rule because they descended from powerful ancestors
  • Kings used oracle bones to ask their ancestors for advice. The holyman carved the questions onto the oracle bones.
writing art under the shang
Writing & Art Under the Shang
  • Shang artists showed great skill working with bronze
  • The most common picture was an animal mask, later known as tootie
  • In Chinese writing characters stand for words rather than sounds
  • A logograph is characters that stand for words
  • Crafts people made beautiful vessels and other art
technology under the shang the end of the shang dynasty
Technology Under the Shang & The End Of the Shang Dynasty
  • The strengths of the Shang Dynasty is what led to the end of the dynasty
  • Fighting so many wars eventually weakened the military power of the Shang
  • The lavish spending weakened the economy
  • A later king would say that the final blow was the corruption of the last Shang King
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