Welcome to weird Wednesday where we explore the darkest corners of the globe, searching for the mysterious and unknown. Today’s haunted objects are the “Terracotta Army” located in the Xi’an Shaanxi province of China.
Discovered in 1974, this staggering array of funeral art/afterlife army contains a collection of life-sized clay figures, a mausoleum, tombs, weaponry, and was buried over two thousand years ago.
The exact number of this monument is unknown because the site has been exposed to fire, time, and looting. However, it’s estimated that the three uncovered pits hold between 6k-8k statues, the largest collection of this kind (based on size exclusively) in existence.
What’s scary about incredibly realistic and full-sized statues besides the fact that people were buried alive because of them? You read that correctly. The workers who built the Army were thought to know too much about the treasures of the site and were thus buried alive in pits surrounding the tomb.
There’s a belief that disturbing the Army will cause severe misfortune to the violators.
Emperor Qin (let’s call him the man haunted by death), who commissioned the site, perished before its completion which caused the tomb to be sealed earlier than intended. This spurred the inhumed occurrence.
The seven farmers who found the Army received no compensation, their farms and a 2,000-year-old village were all destroyed and transformed into gift shops for a tourist attraction.
There is a rumor that some of the statues themselves contain the remains of actual scholars and artists that fell to Qin’s cruelty.
Today, the park attracts 2 million visitors yearly. Don’t disturb anything nonliving. In this instance, the rules are quite useful. Respect the owners, the property, and the residents should you choose to roam the dark corridors of China.
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