The Youjiang River is located in Guangxi. It is a tributary of the Xijiang River in the Pearl River System and the name of the middle reaches of the Yujiang River. Because it forms one left and one right with Zuojiang, it is named Youjiang. The Youjiang River starts at the mouth of Chengbi River in Baise City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and ends at Song Village in the western suburbs of Nanning City. It flows through Baise, Tianyang and Tiandong counties. In the Long'an section of the Youjiang River, people found a tortoise shell with strange characters carved on it. What kind of words are these words, and what are their secrets? Next, let the editor reveal the secret for you.
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Youjiang is a perennial river. Although it is navigable throughout the four seasons, it is a mountain river with rapid waters, rapid turbulence, and a long dry period. Special The characteristics of water conservancy create the unique hydrological characteristics of the Youjiang River. The river has a large amount of sand, with an average annual sand transport volume of about 5.5 million tons. Therefore, in the Youjiang River, a special industry-sand dredging was born.
on In the 1990s, as usual, local villagers drove sand dredging boats to dig sand in the Youjiang River every day. But for a period of time, every time they caught sand, there were always something special. The villagers used water for a while. Chong, I found that these things turned out to be tortoise shells. Upon closer inspection, some strange, text-like symbols were engraved on them. It can be said that it is text, but no one can recognize a word.
Local The cultural relics department was alarmed, and archaeologists came to study these tortoise shells. Obviously, these symbols were carved with tools like knives, mainly composed of horizontal, vertical and diagonal strokes. They were carved very casually. There are different sizes, and there is no more standardized format.
Tortoise shell, lettering, what do you think of here? Yes, the first impression of archaeologists is that these are very similar to those found in Yinxu Oracle bone inscriptions. However, through further research, people found that these characters are very different from Oracle bone inscriptions. Oracle bone inscriptions are already relatively standardized and have Chinese booksThe three elements of writing, knotting, and composition of law. The strokes are strict and neat, with both straight and thick lines, and the strokes are multi-sided. Although there are also different sizes, the overall is relatively balanced and symmetrical. However, the characters on these tortoise shells discovered by Youjiang were randomly obtained, and basically there were no rules at all.
The important thing is that after dating these tortoise shells, the archaeologists ConcludedThe age of these tortoise shell pieces was at least 3800 years ago. But we have confirmed that Oracle is a cultural product of the Shang Dynasty, 3,600 years ago. Obviously, the two are not the product of the same era, and the characters on these tortoise shells are earlier than the oracle bone inscriptions.
Is it the predecessor of Oracle? However, during the Yin and Shang dynasties, two hundred years were not enough to make such a big change in writing. Therefore, it is certain that these words must have nothing to do with Oracle. So what are these words? In the end, people connected these words with an ancient country in Guangxi.
This past The ancient kingdom of Luoyue is the ancient kingdom of Luoyue. The ancient kingdom of Luoyue was the ancestor of the pre-Qin Zhuang-Dong language ethnic group and was established in the Lingnan region. According to the literature, the period of activities of the ancient Luoyue nation is roughly from the Warring States to the Eastern Han Dynasty. Its scope extends from the Red River Basin in Guangxi in the north, from the southeast of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in the west, from Leizhou in the southwest of Guangdong Province in the east, to Hainan Island and the Red River Basin in Vietnam in the south. The key point is that the historical record of the ancient Luoyue country has cultural aspects. The achievements of Luoyue are very positive. The ancient country of Luoyue has created a very splendid culture, including: rice composition, cotton textile culture, shipping culture, etc. These cultures have had a significant and far-reaching impact on Chinese civilization, Southeast Asian civilization and even world civilization. Academically, these cultures created by the ancient Luoyue country are even collectively referred to as Luoyue culture. With the development of culture to this degree, it is normal to have words.
What are the contents of these texts? At present, the archaeologists have sorted out a total of about 16,000 words, but due to lack of sufficient evidence, the content cannot be interpreted at all. we know,The Dragon Bed section of the Youjiang River, where the turtle shell flows out, is the intersection of Youjiang, Lushui River and Luoxing River. Next to it is a waterfall formed by the Youjiang Outlet of Dalongtan. And this piece, in history, that is, the ancient Luoyue Kingdom period, is a famous sacrificial lake. Therefore, we can only conclude that the content of the text on these tortoise shells should be the text used by the ancients for divination or sacrifice.
Today, archaeologists are still studying these ancient and mysterious texts. We look forward to the emergence of more and more cultural relics that can interpret the characters on the tortoise shells, so that we can understand and recognize these ancient characters more, so as to interpret more secrets about the ancient Luoyue country.
Wen Xiucai, editor-in-chief of Wenlan Hairun Studio, writing this article: Special historical writer: Zhang Hongguang