Religion In Ancient China

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In the beginning of time, there is a central idea that religion shaped all areas of life. Literature and art shaped life in China as the rise of many emperors began to occur. An accurate view of the past provides a clear explanation as to how countries from centuries ago still thrive today. Early Chinese history is shaped by major events that occurred amongst four dynasties. Invaders changed life in India and affected their cultures and values. Different religions began to rise from invaders and change the Indus River valley civilizations. The first dynasty that shaped early Chinese history was the Shang Dynasty. It was established by King Tang from 1700 to 1045 BCE. This dynasty created the first classic of Chinese literature known as …show more content…
Many significant events under the Qin dynasty shaped life in China today that is why this empire is known for organization and control. The Great Wall of China was built because every family must have a male to work on the wall each year. A written language was standardized and a long roadway was built. Qin had an army of life-size clay people, horses, and chariots built around his mausoleum for his death. These people believed the Terracotta Army allowed the emperor Qin to remain “in power” in his afterlife. The most memorable art during this time was the Terracotta Army. It was thousands of life-size clay soldiers that had a head, hands, and a body. Qin was known as harsh ruler, he had many scholars killed for trying to hide books that he banned from the empire. Qin suffered a harsh death of mistaking pills for …show more content…
Unlike the Qin dynasty, the Han dynasty honored scholars and allowed them to play significant political roles in the government. Emperor Wu allowed Confucianism to become the state’s official philosophy. The development of a music bureau known as Yue fu was essential to the life of the Han. They established trade amongst the Silk Road and many inventions were underway such as parchment, the wheelbarrow, and a horse collar. According to the author, Sarye, “The wife of Marquis of Dai, painted a banner from the tomb that represented scenes of the heavens, the underworld, and the earthly realm” (108). This painting revealed the positive side of life as light and the negative side of life as

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