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Old 07-08-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Oh, also, here's a second article explaining what the heck a TerraCotta Warrior is.


So… What Is A Terracotta Warrior?

Shortly after his ascension to the throne and fearing that his fallen enemies would rally against him in the afterlife the first Emperor of China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang, commanded that an army of clay warriors be constructed to guard him from all, both living and dead, who would seek to defile his mausoleum.

Buried for millennial, the terracotta (from the Latin terra cotta meaning, "baked earth") warriors were rediscovered in 1974 in the city of Xi'an by farmers digging a well. Over 8,000 warriors, all in precise military formation, have been uncovered in the pitted necropolis surrounding the Emperor's tomb. The majority of Qin's army is made up of infantry, archers, officers, generals, and even full chariots complete with charioteers and horses; though several musicians, strongmen, and acrobats were included to keep the departed ruler and his clay armies entertained. The warriors vary in height according to the importance of their roles in Qin's army, with the tallest being the Generals. It is estimated that over 700,000 workers took part in the manufacturing of the army over the course of 12 years.
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