The Shang Dynasty
By Robin Huang, Julia Cummer, Maddie Miner, and Ethan Hayes
The Shang Dynasty was quite advanced for their time. They were master potters because of their time. They were master potters because of their abundance of clay between the Yellow and Yangtze rivers, were they had settled down. But there was sometimes flooding because of the area, so they developed irrigation systems to block out the water so the civilization could thrive. The Shang Dynasty also had successful farmers that grew crops of rice millet and kinds of vegetables and hers, and the Shang Dynasty crafted jewelry of jade and weapons of bronze and carvings of ivory and bone. They even made jade figurines to bury people with to honor their memory. The Shang Dynasty civilization could also make instruments like bells, drums and pipes. The Shang Dynasty civilians lived in houses of wood and clay, which was cool in the summers and warm in the winters, with well-established cooking areas. They built chariots of lacquered wood to endure the damage in war against neighbors.
This ancient civilization were also a literate people, too, which wasn't too common back then. The civilization wrote with stencils on bones and tortoise shells. They used pictographs, ideograms and phonographs.
To the people of the Shang Dynasty, religion was very important. They were polytheistic, but the head god of their religion was Shang Ti, like how Zeus was important to the Greeks. He was the heavenly link between the immortals in heaven and mortals on earth. He sent instructions to the people from the gods. The citizens of the Shang Dynasty would try to please him as much as possible, with incenses and offerings, and sometimes human sacrifices. In each house of the Shang Dynasty there would be shrines to the gods, but Shang Ti was the most honored. The Shang Dynasty honored their dead ancestors, too. If not honored properly, the people believed that their families would have to endure strife and hardship. But if honored properly, you would receive good health and fortune.
This dynasty was geographically lucky because they had many natural resources that other places in the world did not have. This civilization was geographically lucky because they were located near water. Water is needed to grow crops, feed animals, and help people. Another reason that this civilization was geographically lucky is because they had a large amount of land . They had more room to grow crops and domesticate animals. What used to be the Shang Dynasty is now part of Bejing, China. This civilization stretched as far north as Shandong province and as far west as Henan province.
Some of the symbols that The Shang Dynasty had were a horse. The horse was a symbol of speed power and high rank. The tiger was a popular creature to put in your home to ward off bad things from happening. The bird was also a symbol of speed and freedom.
Part of the Shang Dynasty’s legacy was the creation of the kite. The model that they created was made out of bamboo and silk. Now, people love playing with kites, especially at the beach.
The tiger was a popular symbol to ward off any evil spirits and bad fortune. The bird was also important to them, a symbol of power and freedom. If you got a bird statue or painting, that means you were a free man and wouldn’t have to work as long as you want.
The Shang Dynasty was a very complex civilization. They had four different groups of wealth, just like today, with the upper class the middle class and the lower class. This civilization had a huge impact on our life today. Also,. the power of the person could be determined by the size of their house.