Morality: Religion and Moral Beliefs Essay examples

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Morality is defined as the ability to know right from wrong, and good from bad in our society today and also the societies of the past. Morality is influenced by your family, your religion, and your society. We will be looking at Asia, Africa and the Americas and how their morality was affected by family, religion, and the society. In ancient China morality was influence by family, religion, and society, but I believe it was influenced the most by religion and society. China From the early days of the Neolithic villages used the fertile soil from the Yellow and the Yangzi Rivers to product silk which brought great wealth to the Chinese culture. They also in around 1750 B.C.E developed the technique of calligraphy, which has some…show more content…
Over some time it is clear that people migrated and settled into what we call today Mexico and Central America. The moral beliefs of this culture were rooted in religion and their society. The people of the Olmec’s society saw priest governed on the behalf of the gods and they were also responsible to oversee the spiritual life of the community. (fiero p.74) These people were farmers and artisans at the lower end and ruling nobility at the upper end of the class scale. The Olmec’s raised temples fitted with elaborate drainage systems. They created a calendrical system, developed portraiture and mirror making and practiced rituals involving human sacrifice. (fiero p.74) The Olmec’s political, religious, and artistic traditions survived for centuries in the civilizations of the Mayans and the Aztecs. The last culture that will be discussed is Africa. Africa’s morals like the other societies were mostly influenced by their religion and society. In ancient Egypt the Book of the Dead, a collection of funerary prayers, was a morality guidance system. These were a list of forty-two action or acts that were prohibited to humans. The Egyptians also used the gods as a way of influencing their moral beliefs. The sun god or Ra was the
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