Fu Hao: Warrior Priestess of Ancient China

The Shang Dynasty ruled China during the 2nd million BCE, following the Xia Dynasty, and before the Zhou Dynasty. They are the earliest dynasty supported by archeological evidence in China, and their greatest ruler was Wu Ding, who ruled from 1324–1266 BCE. He made alliances with neighboring tribes by marrying women from each of these tribes. His favorite was a woman named Fu Hao.

Little is known about Fu Hao, or sometimes Lady Hao, in the historical record. It was not until her tomb was discovered at Yinxu in 1976. The tomb was found intact with various…