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Frontiers in Art Research, 2024, 6(6); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2024.060603.

Interpretation and Analysis of the Witch Culture in Sanxingdui of the Ancient Shu Civilization


Shuyuan Li, Huimin Wang

Corresponding Author:
Shuyuan Li

College of Art, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, China


While the specific cultural context of Sanxingdui relics is deeply analyzed, the witch culture and its symbols created by the wizard group headed by the king of Shu in the ancient Shu Kingdom are sorted out and summarized to explore the reasons for the emergence of Sanxingdui witchcraft culture. And the elements of witch culture are extracted by means of image and concrete analysis, which provides important conditions for elaborating the connotation of Sanxingdui witchcraft culture. Method Firstly, the research background and current situation of witchcraft culture are sorted out and analyzed through literature research and comparison. Secondly, the field investigation method is used to collect and sort the status quo of the bronzes unearthed from Sanxingdui sacrificial pits about the image of witches, and classify them according to their characteristics and images. Then, through case analysis, starting from the specific cultural context and modeling characteristics of the unearthed witch cultural artifacts, the elements and symbols of Sanxingdui witch culture are deeply analyzed. Finally, based on the case analysis of six specific artifacts, three elemental symbols with the significance of Sanxingdui witchcraft are analyzed. While elaborating the profound connotation of Sanxingdui culture, the elemental symbols of Sanxingdui witch culture are discussed. It is conducive to enriching the cultural diversity of the Chinese nation and injecting new vitality into artistic creation. While inheriting Chinese culture, it can also carry the spirit of The Times and promote the exchange and integration of Chinese national culture.


Ancient Shu civilization; the witch culture; analysis

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Shuyuan Li, Huimin Wang. Interpretation and Analysis of the Witch Culture in Sanxingdui of the Ancient Shu Civilization. Frontiers in Art Research (2024) Vol. 6, Issue 6: 22-27. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2024.060603.


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