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These GODS FROM THE SKY that I hear at every turn is becoming very interesting and boring for me at the same time plus the fact that the chinese and india goverments are paranoid about a lot of "interesting" things:
Originally posted by die_another_day
"He said that there is no soil on hills or mountains so the farmers have to move dirt and create these mounds to farm on."
No offense to your father die_another_day, but if there existed "no soil"on the hills or mountains, what did the farmers move to create mounds upon which to farm on? What am I missing here?
Originally posted by MasterKaman
Then we went on Expedition to China - 6 inland plane hops from Beijing Great Wall to YangPachen Tibet, via Shaolin Monastery (ZhengZhou), Xian, Mount ErhMeiShan Chengdu, etc, in search of "the Mysteries"
Originally posted by MasterKaman
Using quickbird, i had been looking mostly 60 kmiles SW of xian in the remote "song shan" mountains. no roads or towns down there, so "visitors" had better take offroad vehicles, GPS, and hire help when u get near there, tho even Locals may not know what youre talking about, they just dont care about dead generals burial mounds, MaoTseDong put a stop to all such interests in "the past", and even ordered the Mounds to be planted with hundreds of trees to make them look like normal hills.
The long period of the Bronze Age in China, which began around 2000 B.C., saw the growth and maturity of a civilization that would be sustained in its essential aspects for another 2,000 years. In the early stages of this development, the process of urbanization went hand in hand with the establishment of a social order. In China, as in other societies, the mechanism that generated social cohesion, and at a later stage statecraft, was ritualization. As most of the paraphernalia for early rituals were made in bronze and as rituals carried such an important social function, it is perhaps possible to read into the forms and decorations of these objects some of the central concerns of the societies (at least the upper sectors of the societies) that produced them.
There were probably a number of early centers of bronze technology, but the area along the Yellow River in present-day Henan Province emerged as the center of the most advanced and literate cultures of the time and became the seat of the political and military power of the Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1050 B.C.), the earliest archaeologically recorded dynasty in Chinese history.
The Russian pyramid investigator Maxim Yakovenko has visited several Chinese pyramid complexes and has finally been able to identify the legendary “White Pyramid” as the Liangshan Mountain, which holds the tomb of Emperor Gaozong. As such, decades of speculation and mystery have finally been answered.
Liangshan Mountain is located in the vicinity of Qiang Xian, a small Chinese town located 80 km to the northwest from Xi’an. In 684 AD, the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty Gaozong was buried at the bottom of the mountain with his wife the Empress Wu. She reigned after Gaozong’s death. When she died in 705 AD, her body was buried near Gaozong’s on Liangshan Mountain. It is the only mausoleum where two Tang monarchs were buried.
The Qianling mausoleum incorporates 17 attendant tombs, including the tombs of Princess Yongtai, Prince Zhanghuai and Prince Yide. Twenty stone sculptures guard the emperor and his wife from evil spirits and enemies. They line the way to the burial place, guarding it with unusual long swords. Behind the guards there is a reconstructed gate, built from clay, but finished with bricks. Next are two large statues of mythical monsters. Building the mausoleum and the inner chambers was an enormous accomplishment, but my research is primarily focused on the mountain where the emperor was buried, as this is the legendary White Pyramid.