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Thursday, March 31, 2016

{Part X of Husband Pieter's Trip to East Asia - Ming Tombs near Beijing, China}

On the way back from Jinshanling Great Wall of China, the bus with the ten delegates and their guide, did visit the Ming Tombs near Beijing.
They got to descend into the 27 m deep Dingling Tomb
Husband Pieter looking very happy, after having climbed the Great Wall and now ending the day with a visit to the Ming Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Front Gate of Dingling, with Pieter squatted down with a cute Chinese toddler...
 They will descend to the Tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun (1563-1620) of Ming Dynasty, which is 27 meters below.
Here you see the Five Sacrificial Utensils in front of The Soul Tower
For a very interesting 2-½ minute video check here: Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties(UNESCO/NHK) 
Also the video is showing you the beautiful surroundings, aerial views, located south of the Tianshou Mountain
They are looking at a board with the entire region where the tombs are, the final resting place for 13 of the 16 Ming emperors.
Images are from: Zhu Yizhun - the Wanli Emperor click and scroll down.

Being 27 meters below, you will find the marble door with self locking mechanism.
Pieter and the team were told by their guide that the last person had to lock the door and that meant he himself got locked in as well!
Immolation (to offer in sacrifice...)
The less glamorous and cruel part was the offering of human lives.
In the early days, human slaves were a mere personal property that was sacrificed to serve the deceased in the afterlife. This custom died out in China already a couple of millenniums ago; not so much for humane reasons but simply because slaves were too expensive. Qin Shi Huang's terra cotta figures were excellent examples of a substitute for human sacrifice.
Some Ming emperors however still insisted on taking their favorite concubines with them. Human offerings have been found at Xianling, Changling and Jingling of the Ming tombs.
The concubines were normally not buried in the main vault but in separate "wells" nearby. Adding to the cruelty, they were buried alive in a standing position awaiting their emperor in the netherworld. (See photo to the right showing such Concubine tombs, Qingxilling).
click and scroll down for the above info: Ming tombs -General information.

Pieter also did get to see some of the Terra cotta Warriors while at the Ming Tombs.
They were probably brought there, as they also traveled to several big Museums.
These slides got lost too...
It was again unimaginably, Pieter wrote in his diary...
They treated their Beijing hosts for dinner and had to pack because next day everyone had to rise very early for a flight to Fuzhou, more to the south east.
Thanks for visiting and till next part...

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, Mariette! very interesting video! God, dreaming now! :-)

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  2. Dearest mariette,
    it really is interesting to watch those wonderful posts and all your interestiung informations about Pieter's trip! Thank you!
    Have a lovely rest of the week,
    Love, hugs and blessings, Claudia xo

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  3. Very interesting. When it comes to history, we tend to glamorize it and forget about all the horrible things that were a part of tradition. These emperors sure thought very highly of themselves.

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  4. Liebe Mariette,

    ich freue mich über deinen interessanten Post.
    Liebe Grüße
    Elisabeth

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  5. History is amazing and ancient Chine has a lot of. Thanks so much for shearing this fantastics pictures and trip.
    Hugs.
    María

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  6. Excelente e muito interessante.
    Gostei.
    Um abraço e uma óptima Quarta-Feira.
    http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

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  7. Interesting history, to be a slave is never pleasant, but to be locked in alive must be horrible.

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  8. Interesting and at the same time awful information, I had never heard about.
    It must have been wonderful to walk the Great Wall!

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  9. Amazing history here and so glad that there are no longer human sacrifices! Many cultures did the same, including Egypt. The tomb doors are ingeniously closed, but horrible for the person who had to close them and get locked inside! Very cute little children, there. Hugs xo Karen

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  10. lieve Mariette ...
    weer zo intersante post met mooie foto's ...
    en een beetje geschiedenis ook ...
    heel veel groetjes xxx

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  11. Liebe Mariette,
    wieder tolle Fotos. Die Geschichte zu den Ming-Gräbern
    ist sehr aufschlußreich und immer wieder interessant.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  12. Très jolie photo avec cet enfant de là-bas.
    Bises chère Mariette

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  13. These tombs are huge!!!
    How terrible for the concubines of the Emperors to be buried alive!!!!Such cruelty!!
    Many hugs , dear Mariette and thanks again for sharing these photos from Pieter's trip!

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  14. So glad you shared this adventure. Never would be able to visit and enjoy otherwise. I am always delighted when you drop by my place. Thank you for taking the time.

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  15. What an interesting site to visit! The history of human sacrifice is very scary, though. Even though it may have been normal custom back then, I wonder what those slaves and concubines had in mind when they had to offer their lives. Sculptures are much better choice for sure. I remember seeing the exhibit of terra cotta worriers long, long time ago. That was quite fascinating.

    Happy birthday to your fur babies, Mariette :-) They are very lucky kitties to have very loving and caring mom!

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  16. Liebe Mariette,
    hoffe ihr hattet tolle Ostertage. Auch wenn das Wetter nicht mitspielte das Zusammsein mit den Lieben geniesst man trotzdem.
    Grossartig das Eintauchen in eine vergangene Zeit. Eine Kultur fremd und faszinierend zugleich. Wunderbar das Pieter all das erleben durfte.

    Herzlichst
    Julia

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  17. Ming Tombs and husband was very happy after having climbed the great wall and visit Ming Tombs a word site from gate The entire where the tombs resting 13 of the 16 emperors.
    Thank you for these photos from your husband trip!
    Michiko

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  18. Hello Mariette,
    I can't begin to imagine that kind of cruelty...
    Fortunately all this is over now, but the early Chinese were not the only ones to "perform" burials that way.
    Pieter's photo holding that kid is lovely :)
    Warm hugs and enjoy your WE!

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  19. un post molto interessante!!!!un grande abbraccio Lory

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  20. Dear Mariette,
    Again, I enjoyed the travel in China. I like the first photo,your husband holding a a little girl.
    Your new header is so lovely.I am smiling!!

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  21. Perhaps one day I will get to walk on the Great Wall. It is truly one of those iconic landmarks that I think everyone remembers from childhood.

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