Archaeologists have found that the first Chinese Emperor was trying to find the elixir of immortality
No surprise that people endowed with power, constantly looking for a way to prolong his life. It seems that it has always been, even thousands of years ago. Get at least the first emperor of a centralized Chinese state of Qin Shi Huangdi, the founder of the Qin Dynasty and ruled until 210 BC. Recently, archaeologists discovered ancient documents shed light on the fact that the emperor by all means trying to find a mystical elixir granting eternal life to man.
Qin Shi Huang (now Ying Zheng's name) was born in 258 BC, and by a happy coincidence for the 13 years of age received the throne Tsin Wan. Upon reaching adulthood, Ying Zheng concentrated in his hands all the available power to him. During his reign, he won all six warring states of China, combining them, thereby creating a single nation, the emperor whom he eventually became. This allowed Ying Zheng enter in history as one of the most ambitious and famous rulers.
At the time of recording important events, as well as the imperial edicts were carried out on strips made of wood or bamboo. In 2002, in central China's Hunan Province was found abandoned well, the bottom of which the archaeologists found more than 36 000 of these historic documents. Scientists from the Institute of Archeology of Hunan analyzed 48 documents related to medicine and were surprised to find among them a decree of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi about finding the elixir of immortality throughout Imperial China, including the most remote frontier settlements.
"While the spread of the decrees of the emperor was not an easy thing, because it required a lot of effort and human resources. Do not forget that in ancient times, transport and information infrastructure was not developed ", - says the author of the study, Zhang Xinhua.
Among the documents were the response message to the imperial palace from the various settlements. For example, one of them reported that in a town called Dusiang elixir of immortality is still not found, and the inhabitants of another town, located in present-day Shandong province, suggested the governor to taste herbs with local mountain, which, according to the city's doctors, has a surprisingly therapeutic properties. Be that as it may, the emperor did not manage to find a mythical medicine to prolong his life.
In fact, the obsession of the first Chinese emperor was known to archaeologists immortality long before the discovery of these documents. According to other ancient documents, Qin Shi Huangdi have eaten cinnabar (mercuric sulfide), hoping that this little prolong his life. Ironically, then no one will even know that mercury is poisonous. And just as no surprise that the legendary Emperor as a result of similar experiments with his health only lived 39 years. In his tomb, as you probably know, they have been installed more than 8,000 terracotta statues, symbolizing his personal army. tomb was covered by a set of pearls, imitating the starry sky, and on the floor of the river flowing mercury, because Qin Shi believed until the last breath in her magical properties.