The people from the Shang Dynasty were into worshipping and sacrificing the humans. They are said to be a brave cult who famously hunted on chariots, particularly for wild animals as huge as the Tiger and Oxen. They claimed to predict future from Oxen Bones and made amazing vessels in bronze with exquisite detailing.
The rulers of the Shang dynasty were selected from the same lineage and they played the dual role of being worshippers and priests who could connect with the supernatural world and spirits on behalf of the people. The king though went in hereditary, had limited power. He was chained by the power of the councils. The study of the fossil and oracle bones makes it evident that the King often pleaded to the spirits of his ancestors believing that they would come and rescue him from the resistance of the council.