Chinese Oracle Bones

It connects the kings with their wishes


The bones were the shoulder blades of pigs or oxens. Farmers had found them in their fields and gave them to archaeologist. The bones were written on and cracked. They later found out that the ancestors from the Shang dynasty had written on them from the request of the king. then they would let them dry and would study the cracks on the bone.

Writing on the bones

On the bones were requests from the king. which later was found out was the earliest known time of when writing started in China. Oracles would study the cracks on the bone. Oracles are special priests who are believed to receive messages from the gods. The king wasn't the only person who gave requests for the bones, the people of the Shang Dynasty also requested.