by Lauren, Mia, Grace, Jordan, and James
How did religion control or influence their lives?
Religion controlled and influenced the lives of Chinese citizens with Confucianism and Buddhism because they had to follow the beliefs of the religions. Confucianism is a philosophy created by Confucius but it was so worshiped it was considered as a religion. Confucianism influenced the Chinese citizens because its beliefs were a set thing people couldn’t just not follow rules when they were given. For example, in Confucianism, sons had to respect their fathers and the fathers had to set a good example for their sons. Another example is in Buddhism, everyone had to respect everyone which influenced people in being nice and kind to one another. Chinese citizens also had to go to temples and pray to their ancestors and philosophers several times a day as part of their religious beliefs about ancestor worship. By doing this religion took away from other activities. Since respecting your elders was extremely important the things that the older generations were taught by religions could have just became second nature to the younger ones and their lives became heavily influenced by the religions that they followed. The religions of Chinese citizens controlled and influenced them.
What innovations had the largest impact on the classical societies and what were the impacts?
So, in conclusion, China had the best cultural aspects and achievements of the classical civilizations. China had amazing philosophies, religion, and architecture. There were two major Chinese philosophies, Buddhism and Confucianism. Confucianism was created by Confucius. The basic beliefs of Confucianism were that kids should always listen to their father, wives should listen to their husbands, and that leaders should lead by example. Confucius also believed that there were five human relations they were ruler and ruled; father and son; husband and wife; older brother and younger brother; and friend and friend. In Buddhism people were supposed to accept one another and be kind. Buddhists went to temples to worship and pray. Both of these philosophies made a very big impact on Chinese citizens and government. China’s achievements were very strong and useful so that made it easier for people now in the modern world. Their architecture also helped China become more unified, and their leaders also influenced China and helped create achievements. The Chinese religions were very important in influencing Chinese daily life and beliefs. The Chinese were very innovative and were very intelligent, and with both these things, they made up the very unique cultural aspects of the ancient Chinese!