Thursday, 22. May 2008
The ancient Chinese believed that life carried on after death. People believed they would continue to do the things they had done in this life in the afterlife. Tombs were arranged with the objects that people would need in the afterlife - weapons, ritual vessels and personal ornaments.
They believed there was a very important link between the living and the dead. Your dead ancestors lived in the spirit world with the gods. They had the ability to influence the gods to bring good or bad luck to the people on earth. The people on earth could make offerings and hold ceremonies for their ancestors, to persuade them to bring good luck.
Tombs and Ancestors
|Ancient China is divided into five 'chapters' which address themes or topics relevant to ancient China. |
The site explores the fascinating civilization that developed between the Yellow and Yangzi rivers. The website presents information about life, beliefs and practices in ancient China using animation, 3D models and objects from The British Museum's collection. You can explore the tomb of a wealthy lord, learn about the legendary Pangu and Nuwa and much more.
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