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        How Do We Know about the Shang? | The Story of China

        Discover one of the ways Shang kings communicated with their ancestors was by writing questions on shells and bones with this clip from The Story of China. A diviner would apply a heated rod to the backs of the bones. The cracks that formed were interpreted as the ancestors’ answers to the written questions. The shells and bones are known as 'oracle bones'. The oracle bones provide a great deal of information about Shang life


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