The “Science” of the Ancestors

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[…] I hope, in the
essay that follows, to demonstrate how the theological assumptions of
Shang divination, operating within a context of ancestor worship and
dealing with such matters as illness (early medicine) and the weather
(early weather prediction), intersected with, and served to reinforce
many of the cultural traits that also made the technology of Late Shang
bronze-casting so remarkably successful […]

The “Science” of the Ancestors by David N. Keightley