The Shang and Writing for the Gods
Lecture no. 5 from the course: Foundations of Eastern Civilization
Taught by Professor Craig G. Benjamin | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
In this second lecture on the Shang dynasty, learn about the enigmatic “oracle bones” and the origins of Chinese writing. Then turn to the Shang society’s social organization, religious practices, and cosmology, and find out how one of the core cultural and philosophical beliefs of Eastern civilization—the concept of yin and yang—emerged during the Shang dynasty.