Xiangtian Tomb

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Xiangtian Tomb

by Live in Guizhou


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Xiangtian Tomb of the Yi is located in Yancang Town, 20 kilometers northeast of Weining County. The tomb was named because it faces the sky, specifically the Big Dipper constellation. It is also known as Xiangxing Tomb.

These pyramid-shaped tombs, resembling golden pyramids, were constructed during the early Song and Yuan dynasties. They serve as the burial grounds for kings, ministers, and people of the ancient Wusa tribe. The tombs vary in size and scale. The largest tomb is known as “Zumo Wuqiu”, or the Tomb of the Yi King, located on the top of a big mound about a hundred meters from the town. It is in the form of a pyramid, composed of three circular platforms of different sizes. The base of the tomb has a circumference of 217.2 meters, a diameter of approximately 70 meters, and a height of around 10 meters. It is speculated to be the tomb of the ancestors of the Wusa chieftains during the Ming Dynasty.

According to research, the Xiangtian Tomb was used by the Yi as a way to cremate and store ashes. Still, its primary function was as an observatory or astronomical platform. The Xiangtian Tomb has a long history and holds scientific significance in philosophy and astronomy. It serves as crucial physical evidence for studying the history and calendar system of the Yi.