Ancient emperor took his toys to the grave
WASHINGTON: Imagine the world’s coolest and most collectable set of action figures. Now, picture them life-size.
They’re a make-believe army of warriors and others created to protect and entertain China’s first emperor after he died. This army is also known as the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor.
Why was Qin Shihuangdi (pro- nounced “chin she-hwong-dee”) so determined to take his toys with him in the afterlife? Maybe because he was only 13 years old when the whole project got started, more than 2 200 years ago. That’s when the child first became a king and when his subjects started planning his funeral.
A more likely explanation is this: Qin Shihuangdi figured that if you needed it in this life – and a ruler definitely needs a few bodyguards – he’d probably need it in the next life.
No two figures are alike. Farmers found 7 000 statues in 1974. Each one is different. Different face. Different hair. Different clothes.
When the warriors were discovered, many of them were in pieces. Each one can take up to a year to put back together. – The Washington Post
SAND OF TIME: Terracotta soldiers