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Iron Age timeline – 1000 to 500 BC

By |2018-12-08T07:53:08+00:00September 10th, 2017|West Asia|

Zhou Dynasty swimmers (Sichuan bronze vessel, ca. 750 BC) How did the Iron Age begin? All across Asia, the early Iron Age started out as a time of many small kingdoms and city-states. In China, the Zhou Dynasty ruled loosely over a lot of small kingdoms. India was also divided into many small kingdoms. In West Asia, there were also [...]

Stone Age Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:47+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Jomon carving of a killer whale, ca. 3000 BC The first people in Japan People probably first reached Japan from two directions around the same time. Some people came north from Southeast Asia or Australia, in boats along the coast. These people were descended from the first people who left Africa about 70,000 BC, and [...]

How to make a kite – Ancient China projects

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10+00:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts|

Chinese painting of kite-flying The earliest kites were probably invented in China about 800 BC, during the Zhou Dynasty. People made these early kites out of bamboo and silk. Chinese people flew kites for fun, and also used kites in war to carry messages, to signal people far away, and to carry explosives into [...]

What is the I Ching? Ancient Chinese religion

By |2018-04-18T09:54:15+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|

Nobody knows for sure who wrote the I Ching, or when. But most scholars think somebody wrote the I Ching around 800 BC, during the last years of the Western Zhou Dynasty in China. That makes the I Ching the oldest piece of writing in China other than the oracle bones. Like the earlier oracle [...]

Confucius’ Philosophy – Chinese Philosophy

By |2018-10-05T05:45:00+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Philosophy|

What was Confucius' philosophy? Confucius' philosophy Confucius was a philosopher in ancient China, about 500 BC. That was about the same time as Buddhism was getting going in India and a little before Socrates in Greece. It was after Lao Tzu developed Taoism. Taoism in ancient China Buddhism in India Greek philosophy Confucius' [...]

Confucius Biography – the Chinese philosopher

By |2018-10-05T05:51:26+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Philosophy|

Confucius life: Later portrait of Confucius, from the provincial museum of Shandong, China Confucius' childhood The philosopher Confucius' main interest was to figure out ways for the government to do a better job of taking care of the people. He lived in China during the 500s BC, under the Eastern Zhou dynasty. Eastern [...]

Shang Dynasty China – The first dynasty of ancient China

By |2018-05-11T23:14:16+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Shang Dynasty China: Late Shang bronze pitcher from Henan, about 1100 BC, with inscription (Musee Guimet, Paris) China enters the Bronze Age Around 2000 BC, people in China learned how to make bronze out of tin and copper, so we call this the Bronze Age. About the same time, people in China also [...]

Zhou Dynasty China – Ancient Chinese History

By |2018-09-19T08:24:46+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

A Zhou Dynasty bronze tripod Chariots in Zhou Dynasty China The Zhou conquered the Shang Dynasty about 1100 BC (the traditional date is 1122 BC). The Zhou said that the reason they were able to conquer the Shang was that Heaven was on their side. According to Chinese stories, backed up in some [...]