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FC: Oracle Bones in Ancient China By: Carlos

1: One of my questions that I asked myself when I researched this was what type of questions did the pharaohs ask? In my research I have found that the pharaohs care about their family and ancestors. All the questions were yes or no questions. They usually asked if they do something about tradition will they make their god happy and help them fight? They also cared about the future about China because they wanted to be ready for it and so people don’t get harmed. Since Pharaohs wanted to be good leaders they asked if they sacrificed animals, bad servants, or corrupt would they led them and love them. Pharaohs needed help to conquer and to make China a better place, so they asked if they could find help if they went to war? They also did questions about weather. Would it rain if they sacrifice an ox? When pharaohs hated somebody they wanted to know if somebody will harm him. If they were going hunting they wanted to be sure if a predator will kill them or harm them. Mostly pharaohs wanted to know the future and safety. If gods were not involved the questions were no. The people of China were into fantasy so they believed about magic and the future was a big theme about them. The gods had a connection with the people and the oracle bones helped them by being communicated. The bones were legendary to everybody from China, and everybody believed and trusted the bones.

2: In the beginning of the search I did not understand why people would write on bones. This is one of my questions and here are my answers. What I said earlier in my first paragraph they used this as a messenger to the gods. The questions were answered by the gods and the gods were happy. It was named oracle because it was mythical and it connected to the heavens. Right next to this paragraph I am going to talk about the history of the bones, which it connects to here because two men called Liu Er and Wang Xirong were the people that started to write on bones. It shows that this two students wanted to investigate the cracks and see what it means. When they found the words they started writing other words to compare them. When they found this discovered the invention everybody was crazy about knowing the future. People will ask the kings if somebody from their family will die. The kings were selfish and often denied the request of the people. Also a main reason to write on bones is to make experiments and learn new things for example if somebody wanted their religion to be better they needed to know which animal did the gods wanted to be sacrifice an usually it was the animal of the year. For the next paragraph I will write about the history of the bones.

3: In this paragraph it mostly says about the two men of China Liu Er and Wang Xirong. The first time they were seen they were bones founded by farmers in 1899. They were alike as animal shells. The farmers made a business about selling the bones as furniture for the temples and medicine materials. They were called dragon bones because the dragon was the animal representing China. This was the first time Liu Er and Wang Xirong started the invention of oracle bones. The two fellow students bought the medicine material and started to investigate. As I said before the two students were seeing patterns in the bones that were actually words. They started doing more patterns and saw the connection. The forms were not exactly perfect printed words but the carvings showed similar things. In those days Liu Er and Wang Xirong were famous and wealthy. The curious question about that I thought of this investigation was that people did not ask Liu Er and Wang Xirong the answers or questions but the priest. The priest in the beginning had a better way to see the words. They were made heating the bones in the pin which made the carvings. That was my answer to my question.

4: QUIZ PAGE 1. What were the questions most about? 2. Did Liu Er and Wang Xirong write the questions on the bones? If not who did? 3. How did the 2 students discover the oracle bones? 4.Did people in the city had the right to ask a question like this? 5. Which type of bones did China use? | QUIZ PAGE 1. What were the questions most about? 2. Did Liu Er and Wang Xirong write the questions on the bones? If not who did? 3. How did the 2 students discover the oracle bones? 4.Did people in the city had the right to ask a question like this? 5. Which type of bones did China use?

6: Bibliography of Paragraphs Works Cited Beshore, George. Science in Ancient China. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988. Print. “Oracle Bones.” Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2010. . “Oracle Script.” Travel China Guide. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/shang.htm, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. Perkins, Dorothy. “Oracle Bones.” Encyclopedia of China. 1999. Print.

7: Bibliography of Pictures 3 oracle bones: http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/52/12952-004-A711EC54.jpg an oracle bone 1 http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/images/shng-ora.jpg an oracle bone, and the signs on it: http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/imagesFolder/shang-oracle-bonesZ.jpg translating the symbols of the oracle bones: http://secretwars.files.wordpress.com/2007the bone that priest used for the oracle bones:/06/jiagu.jpg http://www.ancientchina.co.uk/writing/explore/oraclebone.html an oracle bone 2: http://facultyhttp://faculty.vassar.edu/brvannor/translation.html

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