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Ancient China Government

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The Government of Ancient China, Chinese dynasties and Rulers, the first emperor, first empire of China and dynastic rule. Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty and bargarian dynasties
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How regional dynasties turned into empires. Highly influenced by Confucianism.

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Great Chinese Inventions

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This link doesn't quite fit with the topic but is neat. Learn about the different inventions of Ancient China.

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Ancient China Government

Ancient China Government | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
The Government of Ancient China, Chinese dynasties and Rulers, the first emperor, first empire of China and dynastic rule. Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty and bargarian dynasties
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How regional dynasties turned into empires. Highly influenced by Confucianism.

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China History: Chronology, Dynasty Qin Han Tang Song Yuan Ming Qing

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China history information about chronology and timeline of ancient China with list of Chinese dynasties period such as Qin, Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
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This particular link doesn't really fit with the topics but is neat anyhow. Long time line of Ancient China.

 

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Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis

Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
The skeleton of an infant buried more than 12,000 years ago in Montana held the genetic key.
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5 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Ancient Civilizations

5 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Ancient Civilizations | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
Much of what we know about ancient Greece and Rome tends to come from films and TV. And, well, much of what we know is plain wrong.
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A fun website identifying different skewed portrayals of history found in films, etc. Humorous read.

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Beyond Ritual: Rethinking the Role of  Patriarchy in African Traditional Religions

SELECTIVE QUOTES BY MAMA ZOGBÉ ON MAMI WATA AFRICA'S ANCIENT GOD/DESS UNVIELD.
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Interesting read on Ancient Africa and its evolution.

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Mesopotamian Marriage Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mesopotamian Marriage Law

This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page . Marriage Law in Ancient Mesopotamia very much resembled property law. As discerned from Hammurabi's Code, wives were bought and sold in a manner very much resembling slavery.

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This brief article connects the idea of a wife to slavery. "Husband" translated (it is not clear whether it is from Sumerian or Akkadian) means "owner of wife." Extreme punishment was placed on adulturous women, or women thought to engage in extramarital relations, guilty with no possibility to be proven otherwise. Though it is intersting to note that divorce was an open option as well.

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The Ritual of Water-Consecration in Sumerian Texts

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The Ritual of Water-Consecration in Sumerian Texts
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Water proved to be a highly ritualistic property among Sumerian peoples. "Sacred" or "holy" water was used for medicinal purposes, purification, and to expell dark spirits from a person. Evidence for such practices have been found written in cuneiform as incantations. The place for consecrated water came from "between mouths of two rivers."

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Sacrifice and Bloodletting | MAYA: Secrets of their Ancient World

Sacrifice and Bloodletting | MAYA: Secrets of their Ancient World | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
MAYA: Secrets of their Ancient World / Canadian Museum of Civilization. May 18 to October 28, 2012: Take a journey through the mysteries of the Maya in this landmark exhibition.
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Aztec Sacrifice

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The Aztec civilization which flourished in Mesoamerica between 1345 and 1521 CE has gained an infamous reputation for bloodthirsty human sacrifice with lurid tales of the beating heart being ripped(...)...
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Confucius - Chinese Philosopher - Quotes

Confucius Quotes
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Confucius quotes, The Master said 'Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters? Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?'
Confucius. The Analects. ca. 500 B.C.E

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China profile

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A chronology of key events in the history of China
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Timeline of Chinese history. Some cool pictures to check out.

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Painful Memories for China's Footbinding Survivors

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eaMillions of Chinese women bound their feet, a status symbol that allowed them to marry into money. Footbinding was banned in 1912, but some women continued to do it in secret. Some of the last survivors are still living in a village in Southern China.

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Read about the practice of foot binding, banned in the year 1912 in China. It was practiced in secret after its banning and has survivors to provide insight into the custom.

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Maya Expert: The 'End Of Times' Is Our Idea, Not The Ancients'

Maya Expert: The 'End Of Times' Is Our Idea, Not The Ancients' | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
Archaeologist David Stuart says "humans like to come up with excuses, sometimes, just to freak out."
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The Olmecs : Secrets of the Ancient Olmecs (Full Documentary) - YouTube

The Olmecs : Secrets of the Ancient Olmecs (Full Documentary) . 2013 This documentary and the rest of the documentaries presented relate to important times a...
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Check out this BBC documentary on the ancient Olmec civilization. There is a lot of interesting discussion in the comments below the video window.

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Ancient India - The British Museum

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A little bit on ancient India for people who may be interested in its history but don't want to necessarily read a text book. The descriptions are pretty short and sweet, to the point.

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The Roman Empire: in the First Century. The Roman Empire. Life In Roman Times. Weddings, Marriages & Divorce | PBS

The Roman Empire: in the First Century. The Roman Empire. Life In Roman Times. Weddings, Marriages & Divorce | PBS | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
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Modern marriage practices share interesting commonalities with Roman ones from around 100 BC. Ideas of sealing the deal with a kiss or carrying the wife over the threshold are two widely practiced customs today. Divorces are said to have been just as common as marriages, especially among the elites.

 

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Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Ancient Ritual | Scoop.it
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By the sixth century BC the ancient Greeks had well distinguished burial practices. What is intersting from this article is that archaelogical digs have found that people were not buried with much. Instead, their wealth would be displayed at the top of the grave in the way of marbled statues at stelai.

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Sacrifices in the Sumerian Culture

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From the third dynasty of Ur sixteen royal graves were uncovered in 1927 by Leonard Woolley. Human sacrifices were found buried on top of the different kings' tombs in layers. It is suggested that the order of the human sacrifice may have been based on importance, usually with a queen buried at the top. The human sacrifices were found buried with jewelry and weapons. This article also suggests that these sacrifices did not face a violent death but were poisoned instead in order to accompany their king (who they believed to be a god) into the afterlife.

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JSTOR: Numen, Vol. 33, Fasc. 1 (Jun., 1986), pp. 65-89

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"Ritual, Knowledge, and Being: Initiation and Veda Study in Ancient India"

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10 Bizarre rituals of the ancient world

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We still have rituals today, of course, though we tend to be a bit more sceptical about their connections with the spiritual world.
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