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India & China Religions Essay

India & China Religions Essay - Esteban Peralta WHH...

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Esteban Peralta 10-14-08 WHH 6 The Impact of Indian and Chinese The Impact of Indian and Chinese Religion Religion Succinctly, Indian and Chinese societies were the gift of their religious beliefs (a play on Herodotus’ words, “Egypt was the gift of the Nile”). From South Asia to East Asia, it is obvious to see that without the distinctive religions of these two countries, the evolution of these peoples would’ve never taken the same course. India’s social and political assets contributing to this rely on Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. China’s social and political ideas are derived from Confucian and Taoist philosophy. Eventually, these principles took part in virtually every characteristic of everyday life. To begin, it is imperative to address how India’s religious beliefs shaped its social structure. Perhaps the biggest social impact on this country was Hinduism’s caste system, a system of ranks/classes that stratified people’s status level. The Aryans (invaders of India), created this strict segregation based on Hindu ways. Not surprisingly, scholars and priest were at the top of the caste system. Next, Buddhism had an exceedingly high regard for spiritual instruction. Education of priests was held on a high degree for followers of the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha (the enlightened one). This was so much so that 75%
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