Chin Religious And Social Changes And Continuities Essay

1050 Words Jan 28th, 2016 5 Pages
China saw significant religious and social changes and continuities from 1200 to 1750 C.E. Confucianism continued to be a religion practiced by many Chinese citizens. However, as the period continued, the practice of Confucianism became far more popular. Socially, the emphasis on family in China maintained its importance in society. Nonetheless, as the period continued, the subordination of women within these families increased in severity.
From 1200 to 1750 C.E., Confucianism continued to be widely practiced religion amongst Chinese citizens (CONT). In 1200 C.E., the traditional philosophies and religions of China continued under the rule of the Yuan dynasty. By 1750 C.E., despite the rise and fall of the Yuan and Ming dynasties, Confucianism remained the dominant ideology. Confucianism during the Qing dynasty placed its prime emphasis on maintaining proper relationships in society; the relationship between ruler and subject — viewed as analogous to that of father and son — served as the foundation for the education and philosophy of the Qing court. Internally, the cause of this religious continuity is social, for Confucianism had become heavily connected with everyday Chinese life that the society depended on the strict, stable social structure the religion had created (AN). Externally, the cause of this religious continuity was political, despite foreign occupancy, which posed a threat to religion in many societies, the Mongols allowed Confucianism, amongst other…

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