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Unformatted text preview: (“origin myth” is just a fairy tale, but story of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors, the Shang-Zhou transition, etc. are understood the way Genesis is understood for religious Jews, Muslims, and Christians) iv. The structure of history: ours is linear—cause & effect, evolution, progress; Chinese is cyclical or spiral—patterns, repetitions, precedents v. The function of history: Governments whose authority to rule is based on showing that they are destined to rule according to principles of history; every new dynasty rewrites the past. Families: Identity based on belonging to a lineage, which is the family on a timeline. Genealogy is the most important document in any family. You don’t just have ancestors and respect them, you know them and live with them, they are part of the present, the past lives in the present and the present interacts with the past....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ANS 302C taught by Professor Boretz during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '07