The oracle bones

The oracle bones are called the Shang-dynasty oracle bones. These bones are dated from the 14th-11th centuries BCE to 1200-1050 BCE. Richard Donze says, "He'd already seen the new slides and knew an "oh no" would come with the old; tried to imagine his cross-county counterpart pushing the glass-maybe it was so late the charms of so many polka-dot nuclei lulled the usually clear head and sharp eyes into benign comfort and simply not seeing what he was seeing now on the kind of Monday-morning re-read he hated-the few cracked black eggs at the slide's edge spilling spindly sprigs of blacker mitotic yolk onto violet swirl like the unread script on oracle bones; and now the new glass so full of it as if the word spread from the margins retelling the year-old story-the funky femur thing is nothing; go home; walk; run confidently into a long life-and now that civilized osteo struts rot with primitive spreading sarc, ever standing again is no doubt out, faith broken; the long short; still he knows that any one, they both, they all must shake it off, keep pushing and remind themselves every day forever that microtome thin shavings stained and squished under glass and the clearest heads and sharpest eyes at any hour are not always enough to see what's here or tell what's to come" (565). Oracle bones have been always described as precursors to all of the Chinese's people in the whole world.

Those kinds of bones have taught millions of people about their Shang Dynasty. "A small number of oracle bones have the answer and the eventual outcome inscribed. Discovered in the ruins of the Shang capital of Anyang in the late 19th cent., they were first sold as so-called dragon bones to be ground up for use in Chinese medicinal compounds and only received the attention of scholars in the 1920s" ("Oracle Bones", par. 1). They first discovered the oracle bones in China in the 1899s. Cynthia Brokaw says "The rulers of this dynasty initiated the creation of a canon of sacred texts, eventually known as the Confucian Classics, to be revered as the carriers of the fundamental ethical and political values of Chinese culture. The invention of paper by the first century B.C. and the gradual spread of its use made writing much more accessible to the literate elite and encouraged the production of a broad range of texts. Manuscript book culture flourished" (253). The oracle bones were first sold as dragon bones in Chinese in the 1920s.

Oracle bones carry many of the form of writing for the Chinese people. These bones are over 3000 years old in Chinese. Many of animal bones are used as oracle bones in Chinese. The bones that are now oracle bones were first sources, and then they became the oracle bones. Lei Xingshan says, "Oracle bones are small pieces of tortoise shell or bone used to divine the future. The Chinese heated the bones or shells until they cracked, then read prophecies in the cracks and inscribed them on the same oracle bones. These inscriptions are the earliest Chinese writing, which closely resembles the characters still in use today. In addition to Ji Jili's name, this oracle bone also mentions a type of worship, the month of March, and the celebration of a festival that Ji Jili began" (par. 1).

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