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Qingming Jie – Chinese Spring Festival

By |2018-04-18T09:53:43-08:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|

Along the River During Qingming Festival (Song Dynasty, 1100s AD) Like Chinese New Year, Qingming Jie is a Chinese spring festival marking the beginning of spring plowing and planting. By the end of the Han Dynasty, about 200 AD, people celebrated Qingming as the Cold Food festival. To start the new spring planting [...]

What was the religion of ancient China?

By |2018-10-06T20:36:58-08:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|

Ancient China religion: Han dynasty animal sacrifice (ca. 200 BC-200 AD) China's ancestor worship In the Shang Dynasty (about 2000 BC), the earliest period we know much about, people in China worshipped a lot of different gods - weather gods and sky gods, and also a higher god who ruled over the other gods, [...]

Chinese family: Ancestors and parents

By |2018-04-18T09:54:14-08:00June 6th, 2017|China, People|

A model of a house (China, ca. 100 AD) Most people in ancient and medieval China thought families were very important. Kids often lived not just with their parents, but also with their grandparents, their aunts and uncles, and their cousins. Richer people also lived with slaves or servants. People took good care [...]