Terracotta Warriors

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Who were the Terracotta Warriors?
“The Terracotta Warriors are considered an 8th wonder of the world.” They were created over 2000 years ago to protect Qin Shi Huangdi in the afterlife. Some people believe that the warriors were for protection, others believed that they were a curse and new research has caused argument that they were for military training. “The Terracotta Army was traditionally believed to have been the guardians of the first emperor of a unified China, but research has claimed that they could have been military training models,” Sun Jiachun, a researcher of the army. The Terracotta Warriors were an army built under the power of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, over 2000 years ago in Xi’an, China. The army was
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From an ancient unknown writer, we have learnt that the labourers made the tomb of bronze, with its floor being a map of China and rivers of mercury, which, as long as they flowed, Qin would live forever in his underground world. The workers continued construction on the tomb until the emperor’s death in 209BC. The mound was a scale model of the palace, the empire and the world. The labourers installed automatically triggered weapons in the mausoleum to safeguard the treasures and ward off tomb robbers. Most of the workmen who were working on the tomb when the Emperor died were buried alive with Qin to serve him in the afterlife. The warriors were constructed by the 700, 000 employed workers of Qin Shi Huangdi to prepare him for his afterlife journey.
Historians believe that the terracotta army was built for the protection of the first emperor while some people are lead to believe that they are a curse, however recent development has lead to researchers believing that the warriors were built for military training purposes. Qin Shi Huangdi’s Terracotta Army was built in the emperor’s desire for immortality. The Emperor devoted time and resources into discovering the secret to immortality. He found various herbs and visited sacred places; all the while he was preparing his final resting place at the foot of Mount

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