Whats effects does religion have on culture? Why are they connected? Over time, humans have stopped hunting and gather to survive. Instead they have created civilizations as it is more effective. Religion and culture are connected because religion is the basis for civilization and culture. The Han Dynasty is structured with many different social classes, emperors being at the top. Confucianism played a big role on the social structure. Thus, the cultural setting of the dynasty was well documented. For example the many cultural achievements are known to us because they were written down.
In the following treatise, the research that will be presented will provide criteria involving similarities and differences in three attributes of life in the four primary river valley civilizations. The river valley civilizations are composed of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and China. While each of these civilizations is unique in their habits and traditions, they share many similar qualities. For this work to be as comprehensive as possible, the primary focus will be on comparing and analyzing the cultures and ambiance, or environments, political organization and religious beliefs, and social structures of each society. The following categories are going to be analyzed by utilizing the frameworks of the four river valley civilizations. Without further ado, a juxtaposition of the ancient river valley civilizations.
The civilizations of the Nile River valley, the Mesopotamia valley, and Indus Valley marked human progress toward fixed settlements and the development of a rich culture. These civilizations shared many characteristics that contributed to their success. What made these civilizations unique were the contributions that each one gave to the world. They contributed their own ideas and accomplishments in the areas of religion, science, and mathematics. These contributions defined each civilization and how they would be remembered, as well as, their importance to the world.
One of the key aspects of both Mesopotamia and the Indus River Valley is their distinct social hierarchies. In the Indus River Valley, beginning with the Aryans, a caste social system was used to keep citizens in their
Through history, religion has shaped civilizations in several aspects. In ancient Indian and Egyptian civilizations it was very strong shaping force in political structures, but both the religious beliefs and the resulting political system were different, just like pharaohs were different from rajas.
In the past, many great civilizations were heavily influenced by religion. Their religious beliefs inspired and shaped their art, culture, architecture, and technology, and helped drive their progress forward.
It is evident that every culture is affected by the environment in which said culture evolves. Whether these effects can be observed in the gods differing societies worship, or by the way in which resources are accumulated, the reasons are all the same. How each society and culture interacts with its environment dictates its development and growth. There is no more evident an example of this than the Chesapeake Bay area, pre, mid, and post colonization, using the colony of Jamestown as an model for contact interactions between two distinct cultures, and how these relations can be dictated by the environment.
Religion has been a major factor for the growth and development of societies since the establishment of even the very first ancient civilizations. Though each of the ancient societies—the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Indians, and the Mesopotamians—had different spiritual beliefs, they each shared the common belief that the presence of religion within a civilization would have positive results upon the entire civilization.
The river valley civilizations, ancient Egypt and China, were major cities with vast power and influence in the ancient world. Along came large and complex social structures, economics, and cultures. All three of those have similarities and differences between the two civilizations that greatly impacted the course of human history.
The base of civilization is religion; without it, no civilization could advance as much unless they had something to believe in and strive for. From 1000-1500 B.C., civilizations were flowering. They had strong religions, a flourishing economy, a variety of government forms, and a variety of social systems. Civilizations such as the Islamic Empire and the Medieval Empire were becoming stronger and fought against each other in the Crusades. While that was happening, the Vikings were raiding the medieval empire in hopes of becoming alike their war-like gods. Religion was a positive force in developing civilizations because it created stronger governments, closer communities, and new advancements that assisted economically.
From the start of civilization, religion has played a crucial role in the development of most societies. The proof of its influence is evident in the way daily life was carried out. Religion had the power to affect everything from social status to common law, thus dominating a large portion of the culture. In ancient Egyptian, Islamic, and Indian society, religion had the capacity to establish how the average person would conduct their daily life.
After the Indians were subdued and disabled militarily, the Government and the Church began to assimilate Indians in the Judeo-Christian culture. They robbed the parents of their children, dumping the children into white adoptive families or boarding schools, forcing them to dress and behave in white ways, forbidding them to speak their native languages, and pressuring them to relinquish their native religions. As a result, many young Indians were cut off from their traditional culture and virtually lost. They are deceived into believing that the Indians are inferior and dying out. They are also abused due to the conception that they are inferior.
Throughout human history, early humans depended on their geography in order to survive. During the Neolithic era, communities and societies were developing due to the development of agriculture. Since civilizations developed, formalized government and religions formed. Egypt and Mesopotamia are two examples of early civilizations that benefited from their environment between 3000- 600 B.C.E. They share common characteristics such as being polytheistic, having public works and having an agricultural surplus. Even though these civilizations have similarities, they have more differences than similarities. Since both of these civilizations depended on their geography it led to different outlooks concerning the afterlife and the government’s stability
There are many religions in India that share common similarities and differences. However, there are two religions in Northern India that stand out from them all. There are many ways to compare the similarities and differences between the Hindu and Buddhist religions of the Indus River Valley civilization.
Both the Indus River Valley civilization and Mesopotamia existed in the time period of 2000-1200 BCE. The two civilizations had economies that had been agriculturally based, and in the civilizations both had polytheistic societies. On the other hand there were differences politically; Mesopotamia had consisted if city -states, while the Indus River Valley was centralized. Although there are similarities in their economics, politics, and culture, was found in their life, these civilizations have enough differences between each other that dignify them into two separate civilizations.