Tombs and Ancestors

This dagger handle was found in a tomb.

The ancient Chinese believed that life carried on after death. People believed they would continue to do the things they had done in this life in the afterlife. Tombs were arranged with the objects that people would need in the afterlife - weapons, ritual vessels and personal ornaments.

They believed there was a very important link between the living and the dead. Your dead ancestors lived in the spirit world with the gods. They had the ability to influence the gods to bring good or bad luck to the people on earth. The people on earth could make offerings and hold ceremonies for their ancestors, to persuade them to bring good luck.

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Pleasing the Ancestors


Explore an ancient Chinese tomb


Choose the correct
objects for a tomb

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