As some of you know from email exchanges with me, I’m in China this week with my husband. We took a fantastic side trip to Xi’An, fulfilling a 15-year-old dream of mine to see China’s Terra Cotta Warriors in person. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a mind-boggling archaeological excavation, first discovered by a farmer digging a well in 1974, and dating back to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Qin commissioned an enormous village of guardians, officers, chariots, horses and so on to guard him into the afterlife, thereby protecting his empire long after his work was done.
This incredible army currently stands at over 7,000 life-sized warriors, each one individual (upon pain of death if you were caught making them the same!). The excavations are painstaking and Ian and I were sure that in 20 years, we’ll find out the total number of warriors was much more at the time. All of this is just incredible given that it was built by hand some 200 years BC! Other emperors followed and built temporal palaces that have since crumbled and gone, but by building this magnificent complex underground and largely out of sight, Qin’s complex remains to this day.
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Here’s hoping your army of warriors is coming along well this week!