chapter  VII
The Sacrifice of a White Horse and a Black Ox
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All through Chinese history we find this to be one of the most important forms of sacrifice offered to Heaven, and one usually restricted to the Emperor, as the Son of Heaven Sa) During the Manchu Dynasty this sacrifice was offered at Dawn on the Winter Solstice in the famous Temple of Heaven, which is situated in the Southern, or Chinese, City at Pekin. The Ancestral Tablets of four of the Emperor’s forefathers are usually associated with that of Shang Ti, and in addition there are tablets for the sun, moon, planets, the constellations and the spirits of wind, rain, etc.. The colour for the worship of Heaven is blue and so far as possible all the implements used are of that colour.