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Early Japanese religion

By |2018-04-18T09:53:58-07:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Religion|

Ujigami Shinto Shrine (Japan, 1300s AD) The earliest people in Japan probably brought with them ancient religious ideas from Africa. They used red ochre to bury dead people, for example. By the time Japanese writers wrote books describing their religion in the 700s AD (the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki), these early ideas had developed into Shintoism. [...]

Yamato period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-10-09T10:04:28-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Yamato Japan: Haniwa seated woman from a kofun tomb, possibly a Shinto religious leader (ca. 500 AD) From Yayoi to Yamato By the end of the Yayoi period (Japan's Iron Age) in 250 AD, there was probably an emperor in Japan. But the real power still lay with the rulers of many different city-states. The emperor couldn't really tell [...]

Taika period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:56-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan, Where|

Court attendants (Takamatsuzuka Tomb, ca. 600s AD) Now that Japan had declared independence from China, Empress Suiko and her successors built a new government for Japan. They wanted Japan's government to be just as good as China's government. Empress Suiko ruled for 35 years before she died in 628 AD. Prince Shotoku had already died six years [...]

Romance of the Three Kingdoms – Chinese Literature

By |2018-04-18T17:19:31-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|

Romance of the Three Kingdoms hero Guan Yu, in a small statue made during the Ming Dynasty (about 1495 AD) Luo Guanzhong wrote the Romance of the Three Kingdoms around 1380 AD, during the Yuan Dynasty, but it is about things that happened more than a thousand years earlier, at the end of [...]

Sui Dynasty China – China attacks Korea

By |2018-10-16T06:22:00-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Sui Dynasty: The Grand Canal in China Wendi starts the Sui Dynasty In 581 AD, a general named Wendi from northwest China succeeded in conquering the other two kingdoms. He established a new dynasty in China, with emperors who ruled all of China like the Ch'in and the Han. This was the Sui Dynasty. [...]

Sui Dynasty Art – Painting and porcelain in Medieval China

By |2018-06-30T10:59:06-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|

Sui Dynasty art: a clay camel, ca. 600-650 AD What came before the Sui Dynasty? In the Three Kingdoms period, Chinese artists had learned a lot about Indian and West Asian sculptural styles. (Read more about Three Kingdoms art) How was Sui Dynasty art different? Now in the Sui Dynasty, in the late [...]

Sui Dynasty architecture – Medieval China

By |2019-03-17T05:55:19-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Anji Bridge, China (600s AD) Under the Sui Dynasty, in the 600s AD, people in China built this beautiful bridge. The bridge shows the ideas of symmetry and balance that were important in Taoism. T'ang architecture More Chinese Architecture Ancient China home Bibliography and further reading about ancient Chinese architecture: T'ang Dynasty History [...]

Who were the Gokturks? Central Asian History

By |2018-03-21T13:58:10-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A Gokturk coin, about 576-600 AD (Kyrgyzstan museum) (compare to Sassanian and Byzantine coins of the same time) About 550 AD, Bumin Qaghan and his sons, with the help of the Chinese Wei kingdom, conquered the Rouran and took over as the main rulers of Central Asia. Today, historians call Bumin Qaghan's people [...]