Bamboo slips,the earliest book

Bamboo slips

Bamboo slips, the longest used book form in Chinese history, are the main writing tools before the invention of papermaking and the popularization of paper. They are the cultural preservation and communication media determined by chinese ancestors after repeated comparisons and difficult choices, which is an important revolution in the history of media. For the first time, it liberated the characters from the top circle of the society and made great strides towards a wider society with great momentum. Therefore, bamboo slips play an important role in the spread of Chinese culture. It is the emergence of bamboo slips that forms a cultural pageant with a hundred schools of thought. At the same time, it also enables the thoughts and culture of Confucius, Laozi and other famous scholars to spread to this day.

Bamboo slips

Bamboo slips, the longest used book form in Chinese history, were the main writing tools before the invention of papermaking and the popularization of paper. The main characteristics of bamboo slips are as follows: first, they come from a wide range of sources. Bamboo and wood are very common plants in China, almost everywhere. 2、 Long term preservation. Bamboo slips written in ink can be preserved for a long time. Some of the bamboo slips unearthed in China have a history of thousands of years, but their handwriting is still clear. However, it is relatively cumbersome and cumbersome to make, not easy to carry and read. Ancient people created calligraphy and painting on bamboo slips. Bamboo slips and paintings have been carefully carved, and the characters are embedded in the wood, which can spread for thousands of years. The cultural tradition and artistic atmosphere contained in bamboo slips are loved by scholars and scholars, and they are treasured by people.

In December 1975, a large number of bamboo slips were unearthed in the Qin tombs of Yunmeng County, Hubei Province. These bamboo slips were 23.1-27.8 cm long and 0.5-0.8 cm wide. The inner text of the bamboo slips was written in ink and official script of Qin. They were written in the late Warring States period and the first emperor of Qin Dynasty, reflecting the situation of the transition from seal script to official script. Their contents were mainly the legal system, administrative documents, medical works of the Qin Dynasty, as well as the occupation of good and bad times Today, the value of bamboo slips has involved many fields, such as history, archaeology, writing, philology and so on. The continuous excavation of historical bamboo slips not only fills the historical gap, but also provides us with objective restoration and revision of history.