Ancient China Vocabulary

Doaism: religion that teaches people to give up earthly desires in favor of nature.

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Shi Huangdi: first emperor of China.

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Silk Road: 4,000 mile trade route between China and Europe.

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Social Class: three levels of society-peasants, nobles, king

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pictographs: characters that stand for objects in writing.

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dynasty: line of rulers that belong to the same family.

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Legalism: obeying rulers out of fear.

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Oracle Bones: used to predict that future in the Shang dynasty.

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Confucianism: philsophy that teaches responsibility and moral behavior.

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Filial Piety: children must respect their parents

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North China Plain: fertile land for farming. Where China started.

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accupuncture: method of relieving the pain by sticking tiny needles in the skin.

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Great Wall of China: built for defensive purposes.

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