Invention Of True Paper By Cai Lun

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Ever since scholars have learned and taught about the first human civilizations, every single one of those civilization went through phases of technology as humans become more intellectual creatures. Many of these inventions and technologies have impacted many societies in the past just like its currently impacting our current society today. Papermaking is one these great inventions that has impacted humanity forever. Many people think or believe that papyrus and paper are the same thing and thus making the Egyptians the founders, but it is not entirely true when both types of paper are made from different materials and methods. According to Jozef Dabrowski’s article, “Remarks on the invention of true paper by Cai Lun,” Dabrowski affirms that “it is universally known that the art of paper-making was created by Ts’ai Lun in the year 105 A.D. But, as a matter of fact, two kinds of paper had been used for writing previous to the time of Ts’ai Lun: one was silk paper…the other, made of bark cloth” (5). The main reason why Ts’ai Lun, of the Han Dynasty, created true paper is because silk and bark cloth were too expensive to produce. Another writing material used was wood strips or bamboo, but its disadvantage was that it was too heavy to carry around. China takes all the glory of true papermaking which was heavily guarded at the time. So what makes true paper so important? True paper is important because it shaped and revolutionized many civilizations and societies socially, psychologically, religiously, economically, scholarly, and technological as it expanded throughout the world. The modern world today still uses paper despite our technological advances. First of all, the expansion of paper wasn’t spread immediately th... ... middle of paper ... ...s beliefs were a lot stronger, and spreading Buddhism was far more important to reach nirvana. Vast amounts of money could buy luxuries and commodities, which Buddhism frowns upon, so the tradeoff was a lot more valuable in the afterlife than the world. Sadly, it takes the Chinese centuries to realize that their religious values were immensely more valuable than money itself and leads to the expansion of paper. Furthermore, it was through written religious text strips that the Chinese were able to promote Buddhism among crowds, dwellers, and travelers. Printing wasn’t available at the time, so it took time to spread the word through writing, but it was an effective method to attract existing and new followers of Buddhism. Getting all citizens and other foreigners to adopt Buddhism seemed like a way for the Chinese to easily control the empire with more ease.

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