Tagged: Ming Yheng
There is no data, be it written or spoken, available of the Yheng Dynasty before the year 1052 BC. During the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) the name Yheng is first mentioned in the "Records of the Grand Historian", which a. o. describes a Yheng Dynasty living close to the Yellow River which is said to be cradle of Chinese civilization.
Much of the Chinese culture developed under the forementioned Zhou Dynasty before it eventually broke apart in smaller states. Between eras of of multiple kingdoms and warlordism, Chinese dynasties have ruled parts or all of China; in some eras control stretched as far as Xinjiang and Tibet, as at present. In 221 BC Qin Shi Huang united the various warring kingdoms and created for himself the title of "emperor" (huangdi) of the Qin dynasty, marking the beginning of imperial China.
The Yheng Dynasty is one of the lesser known dynasties in Chinese history although their influence, especially in trading, was important for the development of international relations with foreign traders. A notable fact to mention is that the Yheng family did not allow any of the family members wed people from outside the family which resulted in many incestual relations ( which are not uncommon in China's history ).
There is no known record of any medical complications as a result of the in general accepted incestual family tree of the Yhengs while many records, mostly written on bamboo parchment, mention birth defects on infants in other families. No scientific explanation is yet known which could explain this unusual situation.
The traditional branch, now living at Lop Nor, isolated itself from any interference from outside. Its civilization was based on agriculture, augmented by hunting and animal husbandry. Two important events of the period were the development of a writing system, as revealed in archaic Chinese inscriptions found on tortoise shells and flat cattle bones (commonly called oracle bones ), and the use of bronze metallurgy. A number of ceremonial bronze vessels with inscriptions date from the Shang period; the workmanship on the bronzes attests to a high level of civilization.
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