Shang Dynasty

Shang Dynasty

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  • This storyboard is about the Shang Dynasty, a clan that fought others to rule Ancient China
  • The storyboard begins with the Shang Dynasty's capital city, Anyang. When archaeologists started excavating Ancient China they ended up finding China's capital city of the Shang Dynasty, Anyang. It held so much information about the Shang Dynasty.
  • Anyang, contained a palace, a temple, and houses. It also contained others things such as a workshop for artisans.
  • The Shang government was led by a powerful king. To extend his power, he made tiny kingdoms and let his younger brother and nephews lead them. To enforce there rule they used strong armies to help.
  • There were six social classes, at the top was the king and his relatives, and below them were the nobles, artisans, traders, farmers, and slaves.
  • Nobles- fought in the king's armies, supplied the armies with weapons, and warriors 
  • Artisans- Different variations of artisans such as potters. Made weapons and other things with what they were provided with. Artisans that worked with bronze were most valued.
  • Traders-traded currency called Cowrie Shells for goods.
  • These are just to describe a few.
  • The Shang believed that their kings relationship with ancestral spirits had special significance. Kings also used oracle bones to seek there ancestors advice important matters
  • The Shang dynasty honored life after death and believed that dead ancestors had the power to help or harm the living.
  • Shang Religion
  • The Shang excelled in war, enabling the ruling classes to build up great wealth. But, in time, these very strengths helped to bring about the end of the dynasty. Constant warfare eventually weakened the military power of the Shang
  • The End of The Shang Dynasty
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