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Many cultures have sent their dead to the afterlife with the necessities of daily endeavor and the trappings of honor Dishes food thrones and barges have been excavated over the years Pets wives concubines and servants have gone to serve their masters in the next life as they served in this one To the Chinese Emperors death was seen as an afterlife and the things that he takes with him shows how much he accomplished during his short life on earth An emperors tomb included various things such as silks musical instruments servants food and drink all these things would have given anyone a well lived life An old Chinese saying says treat death as life Accordingly to this famous quote emperors set up their tombs for a well lived afterlife In China during the late 1920s a peasant uncovered a life-sized terracotta sculpture of a warrior while digging a well After the entire figure was uncovered the water filling the well suddenly drained away This was thought as an evil sign and the statue was reburied Then in 1974 peasants making a well for the Yanzhai Commune uncovered part of a pit of life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses They had found a portion of the burial followers of the first Emperor of China Qin ShihuangThe first Emperor of China and founder of the Qin Dynasty Qin Shihuang 259-210 BC was known as a conqueror an enlightened leader a merciless tyrant a builder and a destroyer During his 29 years of rule he united the country after five centuries of trouble and transformed the land into what we now call China Qin Shihuang formed a government that lasted until 1911 he standardized currency set up a code of law and he standardized a script He built a series of roads leading from his capital city of Xianyang and combined protective walls built to prevent raiding nomads into 3000 kilometers of the Great Wall that now
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