Unit 1

Zhou

Originally a vassal family of Shang China; possibly Turkic in origin; overthrew Shang and established second historical Chinese dynasty

Yu

A possible mythical Chinese ruler revered for the construction of an effective system of flood control along the Huanghe River valley; founder of the Xia kingdom

Xia

China's first, possibly mythical, kingdom; no archeological sites have been connected to it; ruled by Yu

Tian

Heaven; an abstract conception in early Chinese religion; possibly the combined spirits of all male ancestors; first appeared during Zhou dynasty