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Notes on the Geography of China: Beijing: Ming Tombs: Photo 18

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Inside the soul tower, a stele reads: "Tomb of the Respected Emperor Shi Zong." (Again, this is his temple name.) At the top, with the dragons, are the characters for Great Ming. These steles were more than tombstones: they were believed to contain the spirit of the deceased. Like the steles in the other soul towers, this one has seven characters, ensuring long life.

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