How Did Chinese Culture Influence Hsia Culture

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During the Hsia culture in about 2205 B.C., the one of the earliest periods know to us, the Chinese people worshipped many different gods and goddess as well as a god that ruled over all the others called the Shang-Ti; which literally translates to “Above Emperor” or “Above Sovereign” which can then be taken to mean “Lord on High”. During the Shang Dynasty many people worshiped their ancestors because they believed that when they died that they became like the gods. A little later on to try and discover what was to happen in the future, people (ca.1766-ca.1122 B.C.) started using written oracle bones. By the time the Chou Dynasty came around (which was ca.1122-256 B.C.) the Chinese people had also begun worshipping T’ien, a natural force, which when translated usually comes out as Heaven. Similar to Shang-Ti, Heaven ruled over all the gods. Heaven also decided who was to become the next Emperor or Empress of China. They would continue to rule…show more content…
The people of the Shang during the twelfth century B.C., constructed a complex society at the base of the Yellow River. The practices of this group of people as well as earlier ones were thought to be shamanistic, and entailed the belief in spirit powers, which were put at ease though the use of magic and the performance of rituals. Shaman were people who were well respected by many and had the ability to communicate with the spirit world. They also preformed rituals such as a rain dance, which was preformed by dancing till sweat pored from their body symbolizing the coming of the rain. The Shaman were also the medicine man who, through the use of various concoctions (potions) and herbs, treated and healed the sick. (The ancient Chinese herbal remedies is the basis for how the Chinese practice medicine today.) Though so, the reign of the shamanistic leader went into decline with the introduction of organized

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