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a city in N Henan province, in E China: site of the ancient city of Yin, the center of the Shang Dynasty, dated c1350-1027 b.c


a loamy deposit formed by wind, usually yellowish and calcreaous, common in the Mississippi Valley and in Europe and Asia

Oracle Bones

a group of inscribed animal bones and shells discovered in China and used originally by the Ancient Chinese, especially during the Shang Dynasty

Ancestor Worship

(in certain societies) the veneration of ancestors whose spirits are frequently held to possess the power to influence the affairs of the living

Filial Piety

(in Confucianism) the important virtue and primary duty of respect, obedience, and care for one's parents and elderly family members


the feudal system, or its priciples and practices


a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group; the rule of such a sequence; a series of members from a family who are disiguished for their success, wealth, etc.

Mandate of Heaven

a political theory of ancient China in which those of power were given the right to rule from divine sources


the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confiucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and in harmony with thought and conduct


Taoism- the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course ofnatural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with Tao

Daoism- alternate Romanization of Taoism


(in Chinese philosophy) the principles and practices of a school of political theorists advocating strict legal control over all activities, a system of rewards and punishments unifrom for all classes, and an absolute monarchy