Friday, March 05, 2010
Trip to see "Terra Cotta Warriors"
My family made a trip along with the Overstreet family to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC yesterday to visit the "Terra Cotta Warriors" exhibit. Here we are above at the end of the exhibit with a replica of one of the warriors provided for a final photo op. It is a fascinating display of some of the clay soldiers, attendants, and objects buried near the tomb of Qin (Chin), China's first emperor. These artifacts were hidden for over 2,000 years until their discovery in 1974 by farmers. Thus far, only about 1,000 of the estimated 7,000 soldiers have been uncovered. As a believer one cannot help but think of the innate human awareness of the afterlife reflected in this emperor's attempt to prepare for the world to come. As Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul" (Mark 8:36)."