Food Extended Response

Based on the article, explain how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. Support your answer with relevant and specific details from the article.

Food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. The elite Chinese were buried with their favorite foods and recipes. Murals of people preparing foods were found on the walls of their tombs as food was to keep their deceased ones well nourished in the afterlife. Many of these ancient recipes are still used in kitchens all around the world.

The elite Chinese were buried with their favorite foods. A recipe book entitled, “Recipes for Beautiful Food,” was found written on bamboo strips in Wu Yang’s tomb. Another example of this was in Lady Dai’s tomb. Her favorite serving dishes were left with her as well as bamboo cases of Lady Dai’s food.

Murals of people preparing foods were found on the walls of ancient tombs. There were utensils, meats and other foods found in these paintings. The ancient Chinese believed these murals had the power to provide meals to their loved ones in the afterlife.

Lastly, many of their ancient recipes have passed on from one generation to the next. There are many other cultures who believe it was important to provide the deceased with their favorite dishes. In Mexico’s Day of the Dead, favorite foods are placed on the grave or alter as an offering to their loved ones who have moved into the afterlife. Food has also been found in the pyramids of ancient Egyptians. In conclusion, food has played an important part for the ancient Chinese deceased as it has in many other ancient cultures.

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