700-year-old tomb of Confucian doctor found

700-year-old tomb of Confucian doctor found

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This week the tomb of the doctor Wu Jing, of the Ru Yi family, who lived during the Yuan Dynasty between 1271 and 1368 AD. in Zhouzhi city in northwestern Shaanxi province.
Tomb it kept an inscription of 665 words that told a legend about how this doctor cared for his mother.

Wu Jing was buried along with 76 objects that included jade and pottery and included a passage to a burial room in which bones were found (whose provenance is not known) and wood ash.

According to archaeologists Duan Yi, the tomb is an important discovery that will allow the investigation of unknown aspects of the History of Medicine and Social Culture in the Yuan Dynasty.

According to Shanghai daily, there were two types of doctors at that time, Confucian doctors, who belonged to the Ru Yi family and general practitioners, from the Si Yi family. The Confucian doctors were well educated, they were good at music, chess, calligraphy, and painting. They were easy learners and fast, but most importantly, they were kind and responsible men. thanks to the influence of Confucianism.

According to Chinese mythology, the traditional origins of Chinese medicine can be traced through three emperors: Fu Xi, Shen Nong and Huang Di. Shen Nong lived 5,000 years ago and he is credited with creating the use of herbs in medicine and teaching people how to cultivate them.

In order to determine the nature of the different medicines, Shen Nong tested hundreds of substances, 70 of them toxic, in a single day, to be able to take away the pain of diseases from people. As there were no written records at that time, Shen Nong's discoveries were passed on verbally from generation to generation.

In December 2013, archaeologists found 900 bamboo strips in the southwest of the Chinese city of Chengdu, revealing recipes for treating diseases dating back 2,000 years.

Via:Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology

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