Wednesday, October 17

There is a Homework Assignment for Wednesday - bring your completed assignment to class.

Reading:   Shang Kingship and Shang Kinship, Shang Bronzes

I'll devote a few minutes at the beginning of class to the issue of the kinship network at the center of the Shang polity:  the royal Zi clan, the subject of the first of your two short readings. However, the principal theme for our class on Wednesday will be aspects of Shang religion that we can observe through the ritual bronze vessels that were central to Shang religious worship.

In discussing issues of religion we will be focusing on the heart of our late Shang data, since both the oracle texts and the bronze vessels that comprise the most distinctive forms of our recovered evidence of Shang culture.