Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
ASNS1601: Introduction to Asian Cultures
Asian Studies Department
The University of Sydney, Semester 1, 2013
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Coordinator and Tutor: Dr Matthew Stavr
The Mandate of Heaven is a philosophical and religious justification
for political order, and the overthrow, at times, of political empires.
The Mandate of Heaven postulates that heaven would bless a just
ruler, as defined by the Five Confucian Relations,
What do the countries of Asia share or have in common? What are some
Pan Asian phenomenons? => Buddhism (started in India and has shifted
to SEA, Japan), another example is Sanskrit
Between countries or areas, what similarities are there in terms of
Main religious and ideological systems in early/traditional Korea, and their
impact on Korean politics, society and culture/art
The Three Kingdoms Period
The Three Kingdoms Period (57-668 A.D.)
In the wake of the Chinese retreat and collapse in the fourth
Compare and contrast the relationship between spiritual and state power in any
two of the following: India, China, Korea, Japan, and any one of the several
early states of Southeast Asia.
Spiritual power refers to the religious and/or ideological power th