Confessing Tang Dynasty Children Similar to Today’s Generation, Here’s the Proof


A relic written by a schoolboy from the Tang Dynasty era was found. This five-meter-long scroll is the work of Bu Tianshou, a 12-year-old student in 710 AD who lived during the dynasty. The relic was brought to the surface in 1969 from an ancient cemetery in Astana, Turpan, East Xinjian.

Quoting from China Daily, Bu transcribed some parts of two books, namely annotations Analects of Confucius the writings of the renowned scholar Zheng Xua dan The Thousand Character Classic, a Chinese poem that was used as the basis for teaching Chinese characters to children in Ancient China. Students of the Tang Dynasty at that time were required to read these two transcriptions.

However, what is interesting is that Bu wrote a doggerel at the end of the relic. Doggerel, as defined in the Britannica is a rhyme that is trivial and relaxed, and often irregular but effective.

Doggerel is a nursery rhyme character from ancient times until now. Its use appears in many societies and literature as a form of comedy or satire.

While in the Merriam Webster dictionary, doggerel is defined as a relaxed and irregular verse or writing, which is mainly used to make fun or give a comical effect. And according to Oxford Languages, doggerel can mean a paragraph or words that are poorly written and expressed.

A guide at the Turpan Museum, Dilinur Maiming, said that Mrs.’s doggerel contained a kind of hope that her teacher would come to class soon, so she could go home early.

“Today’s homework is done. Teacher, please don’t delay going to class. Let’s go home early,” he said about relic the.

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“It makes the document feel a lot more enjoyable,” he added.

From a philological perspective, Zheng Xuan’s Analects of Confucius annotation was lost after the Tang Dynasty. However, according to the Deputy Dean of the Turpan Institute of Studies Chen Aifeng, Bu’s writings and other documents in Turpan have contributed to the study of Confucianism.

In addition, there is another interesting fact that a complete education system was quite established during the Tang Dynasty.

“Most of Zheng Xuan’s annotated Analects of Confucius documents excavated from graves in Astana are student copies. This shows that education in Xinjiang during the Tang Dynasty was influenced by Central Plains culture,” Chen explained. relic over there.

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