- East Yi West Xia
East Yi West Xia (Yi Xia Dong Xi Shuo, 夷夏東西說) is the obsolete theory about the origin of prehistory culture in current China which says that the culture of Shang dynasty was established by two ethnic groups; Western part of
Shangdynasty was developed by Xia ethnic group, and the eastern part of Shang dyansty was developed by Yi ethnic group.
History of the theory
This theory was suggested by
Fu Sinianin 1933CE [Fu Sinian, "Yi Xia dong xi shuo" (Theory of the Yi in the East and the Xia in the West) in "Zhongyangyuan qingzhu Cai Yuanpei xiansheng 65 sui lunwenji, Lishi yuyan yanjiusuo jikan waibian" 1:1 (January 1933), 1093 - 1134] , [Fu Sinian quanji (Complete Works of Fu Sinian), III, 822-893] . It was further expanded by Liang Siyongwho suggested that the, newly discovered, Yangshao culturewas established by the western Xia and the Longshan cultureby the Yi peoples of the east. [Liang Siyong, "Xiaotun Longshan yu Yangshao" (小屯龍山與仰韶) in "Zhongyangyuan qingzhu Cai Yuanpei xiansheng 65 sui lunwenji, Lishi yuyan yanjiusuo jikan waibian" (1933), 555- 567] . For Chinese and Western historians this hypothesis became the prevailing theory to interpret Chinese prehistory and remained so until about 1960. [Liu Yao, "Lomgshan wenhua yu Yangshao wenhua zhi fenxi" in "Zhongguo kaogu xuebao, 2 (1947), pp. 251-282] , [Andersson, J.G., "Researches into the Prehistory of the Chinese" in "Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities", 15 (1943), pp. 29-91] .
Further archaeological discoveries made the theory obsolete. In 1950s it became clear that the
Yinxuculture was preceded by the Erligang culturein Zhongyuan. In addition, the gap between the Erligang culture and the Longshan culture was joined by the Erlitou culture, which was named after the Erlitou site discovered in 1959. Chinese scholars identify the Erligang and Erlitou cultures as the sites of the Shang and Xia Dynaties respectively although the archaeological boundary between the two dynasties was still debatable. In 1983, the ruin of Yanshi Shang City was discovered and identified as the Erligang culture. The ruin very close to the Erlitou site suggests that the Erlitou and Erligang cultures were dominated by people with different cultural background.
In Shandong, the Shandong Longshan culture was replaced by the
Yueshi culturearound 2000 B.C. The sites of the Yueshi culture show complementary distribution with those of the Erligang culture which expanded eastward from Zhongyuan. It proved that the Shang people did not originated in the east.
See for an English language summary of this theory:
Chang Kwang-chih, 'China on the Eve of the Historical Period' in: Loewe, Michael and Edward L. Shaughnessy (eds.), "The Cambridge History of Anvient China. From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C.", Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 1999, pp. 55-56, ISBN 0-521-47030-7
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