Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Because of the survival of so many written records from ancient China, much is known about the daily life of the people, supplementing the discoveries of archaeologists. Throughout most of the dynasties of ancient China—the Shang dynasty from 1166 until 1122 b.c.e.; the Zhou (Chou) dynasty from 1122 to 255 b.c.e.; the Qin (Chin) dynasty from 255 to 206 b.c.e.; the Han dynasty from 206 b.c.e. until 220 ce., the period of the Warring States; the Jin (Tsin) dynasty from 265 to 420; the Sui dynasty from 581 until 618, and the Tang dynasty from 618 to 907—the life of the vast majority of the people in China, the peasantry, did not change markedly. As a result, many of the games they played were also similar to those of their ancestors. Children played Hide-and-Seek, used spinning tops and marbles, played with hoops, and were involved in running and skipping. Other ...