The invention of lamps and lanterns has close relationship
with the fact that people got to undersdand and made use of
fire. The invention of lamps and lanterns presupposes human
being’s cognition and preservation of fire. Darkness has never
been our friends since remote past. It does not only limits
people’s vaious activities but also makes good chances for
beasts to attack people. Try to imagine how our ancestors who
lived in primitive forests sworn at darkness.. Several hundred
thousand years ago, as human beings kept improving their
understanding of the function of natural fire, fire became
people’s treature to eat prepared food and the only tool for
lighting and dispelling darkness. In the long time of living
experiences and when the way of artificially collecting fire
was found, people initiated borrowing some auxiliary devices
to fix fire source for different needs. These auxiliary device
used to fix fire source underwent constant renovation and
evolution, finally, special-purpose lamps and lanterns for
linghting came into being.
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I am a new one here, actually have no idea how to do it, but will try...
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The earliest lamps of China appeared in the Warring States.
Since then, the development has never stopped. Lamps and lanterns
and their models in dynasties were unearthed and discovered in the
whole nation. Plenty of archaeological statistics show that the
ancient China lamps and lanterns feature varieties of types and
obvious functions as well as different trendency of times. Many of
them deserve to be called elegant artistic wares with novel style
and special shape. These lamps and lanterns not only provide real
object materials for us to research the development of China ancient
lamps and lanterns but also embody the folk cultural details in
different times. Particularsly since the custom of hanging lanterns
on 15th of the 1st lunar month happened in Han Dynasty, lantern
making has never undergone recession in any dynasties. Till today
when modern lamps and lanterns have been highly advanced, lanterns
are the must articles for people to celebrate lantern festival once
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