Katie's 8th Grade History

*Citadel: fortress
*Planned communities: cities built to a definite plan
*Dynasty: series of rulers from the same family
*Spirits: super natural beings
*Ancestors: family members from past generations
*Oraclebones: bones used by the Shang to recieve messages from ancestors
*Nobles: people having high rank in a kingdom
They believed they had to please spirtis, also that ancestors of those from whom one is descended also influenced peoples fortunes.  If they didn't please the spirits then bad thing would happen.
The decline of the Shang might have been because there was a great gap between the poor and rich people.