The Terracotta Warriors

Author(s): Maurice Cotterell


Legend has it that in 206BC the first emperor of unified China, Shi Huang-te, decreed that after his death his body should be clothed in jade, cast adrift in a lake of mercury within a pyramid, and protected by an everlasting army. In 1974, archaeologists discovered the first of more than 7000 lifesize terracotta warriors buried near the pyramid tomb of Shi Huang-te, confirming that the legend was more than a myth. But why were the massive soldiers, each weighing more than half a tonne, buried there at all? Was it simply to guard the emperor in the afterlife? Or was there more to the legend?

Maurice Cotterell is a bestselling author, engineer and pioneering scientist, specialising in the connection between astrology, fertility and catastrophe cycles. In 1995, he wrote The Mayan Prophecies, which decoded the apocalyptic messages the ancient Maya race had hidden in their carvings. An immediate international bestseller, it was followed in 1997 by The Supergods, then the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Tutankhamun Prophecies.

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