The Slavery Of Ancient China

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The slavery history of China began 2100 BC, which is Xia Dynasty started to dominate the country. Slavery keeps almost 1800 years in China and was abolished in 1950s. (“Slavery in Ancient China”, 2010) Around 1953, Mao president who is the first president in China abolished slavery in Tibet. Tibet was the last place where existed slavery in China in modern history. In prior to Xia Dynasty, tribal leaders led people. After Xia Dynasty founded, more labors were needed to build country, so the emperor of Xia Dynasty decided to use captured soldiers to build country. This is the first time ‘slave’ appeared in ancient China. (“Slavery in Ancient China”, 2010). After their owner died, most of slaves had to be buried with their masters. Some of slaves would be killed and some of them would be traded again. (“Slavery in Ancient China”, 2010) When masters died, people need to bury with master. This is a very special culture in ancient China because people believe transmigration. These slaves who buried with master could serve for their master again for life. The slavery in China was noted cruelty. Slaves in ancient China cannot have normal life compare to other people. In ancient time, agriculture is the most important way for people to live even business is the lowest level. Most of slavery were forced to farm land. Almost all of slaves were born in poor families. Some women who were slaves that were sold to rich people and nobles. Slaves cannot gain respect from their owners and most of time they always suffered abuse by their owners. So how can be slaves in ancient China? Most of slaves in China are captured people. When these captured people have their family, these families have to be slaves too. So in ancient time, most of Chinese w... ... middle of paper ... ...a golden age that the development of economy, technology and social mind were increasing in a very high level. This era is a period of great prosperity and people could pursue their own dreams instead of farming and suffering from wars and cruel rules. Many foreigners came to China to learn and experience Chinese culture. Trade was also the most important part in this era. Among these visitors, Africans were also one part of them who want to study and experience. So that is why there are many foreigners’ images appear in tombs that during Tang Dynasty. In that time, Africans were not slaves but guests. The period of Tang Dynasty is a later period in ancient China compares to the Shang Dynasty. In the tombs that found in the Shang Dynasty, Africans were treated as slaves. Form the images in stone and walls, African slaves were treated as same Chinese slaves. (Li, 2015)

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