By K. C. Chang
Best student ok. C. Chang demanding situations long-standing conceptions of the increase of political authority in old China. This strikingly illustrated e-book is a persuasive demonstration of the significance of an interdisciplinary method of the examine of early civilizations.
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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1983), pp. 10-15. 17. The best summary of traditional texts on Hsia geography is Yen Keng-wang, "Hsia capital locations and the Erh-li-t'ou culture" (in Chinese), The Mainland Magazine (Ta-lu Tsa-chih), 61 (May 1980): 1-17. ] 8. This Han dynasty tile with its "Four Deities" picture gives a microcosmic symbolization of an ancient Chinese town with its square shape and cardinal orientation. The four directional animals are a black turtle-snake on the north (bottom); a red bird on the south (top); a green dragon on the east (left); and a white tiger on the west (right).
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In ancient China the association of flags with military units is well known, and in oracle bone inscriptions tsu are shown to be action units in military campaigns. " not only the head of a lineage or sublineage but also a military commander, and his orders in civic as well as military affairs were to be obeyed. Defiance of a tsu leader could be punished severely, by mutilation or even death. The word for king, wang, the supreme head of all lineages, derives according to one hypothesis from the pictograph of an 4.
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