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Lorena Padilla Ms.Finan Ap World History, Per.2 April 26, 2009 Religion through the Classical Period in East Asia In East Asia, from the Classical Period to the end of the Post-Classical Period, the way religion was viewed changed (1000 B.C.E-300 C.E.), Daoism was emphasized (300C.E- 500C.E.), and new religions were introduced (500 C.E-1400 C.E). From the beginning of the Classical Period (1000 B.C.E. - 300 C.E) the Chinese would link how they viewed the world with a distinct political culture. They tolerated specific beliefs as long as it did not contradict basic political loyalties. For example, the upper class would always pay more attention to the state than to the mysteries of heaven. The rulers in the Zhou dynasty stressed the importance of a harmonious life, which would maintain proper balance between earth and heaven. Many rituals would be held for the purpose of unifying society and preventing individual excess. Then, around 500 B.C.E, Confucius, a believer in a divine order introduced Confucianism. He shunned abusive power that came from the society’s’ leader and felt that the
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