Qin Shi Huang's Belief

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Qin Shi Huang’s BELIEFS IMMORTALITY • Many of Qin Shi Huang’s actions were determined by his desire to be immortal. His fear of death made him obsessed with finding the elixir of life so he could live forever. Doctors and alchemists created a number of potions, many containing mercury, which most likely caused the Emperor’s death rather than preventing it. THE AFTER WORLD • In case the elixirs did not work, Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of an enormous tomb for himself. The tomb consisted of flowing rivers of mercury, replicas of the Emperor’s earthly palaces and booby traps in case of looters . To guard Qin Shi Huang in the after world, the Emperor had a terracotta army of at least eight thousand clay soldiers placed in the tomb.

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