Terracota Warriors and Horses in Xian, China

“The eyes are the window to the soul.”

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They were fashioned out of the ground, each one unique, a life-size replica of a person.

Their eyes show one purpose — the determination to fulfil their duty, an army ready to march into battle.
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Do we see in their eyes a living soul?
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Can they be like man, “formed of the dust of the ground,” come to life when the breath of life was “breathed into his nostrils”? (Genesis 2:7)

The emperor had a different idea. Their purpose is in the afterlife, not in this world. They are not dust meant to be breathed into life with a soul — they are dust meant to become souls.

These souls are probably busy defending the emperor in the afterlife right now. Let’s hope they remain there.

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In the meantime, we can admire these exquisite sculptures, which were made more than 2,200 years ago.

(More info on the Terracota warriors and horses.)

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6 thoughts on “Terracota Warriors and Horses in Xian, China

  1. I was mesmerized by the terra cotta figures when I visited China 10 years ago. I could spend days there just marveling at their differences and the craftsmanship that made these lifelike figures.

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    1. They are mesmerizing indeed, there’s always something unique with each one. Something to experience at least once. Thank you for dropping by and really appreciate the comment.

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