River Valley Civilization

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The Yellow River Valley Civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It is also the main source of Chinese civilization. The Yellow River is not just a river, the name stands for the origins of their culture and civilization. It has been referred to as “the Mother River” to the Chinese and “the Cradle of Chinese Civilization.” The River was the birth place of ancient civilizations in the Xia and Shang eras from 2100-1600 BC and 1600-1046 BC. The religions of the Chinese, were the most prosperous in early Chinese history. The people regarded yellow as a color of ancient origins, an emblem of the loess land the Yellow River flows through, the yellow skin of the Chinese, the legendary Chinese Dragon from whom they are descendants from, and the emperor. The Yellow River Valley Civilization had two main, more well-known religions or belief systems; Confucianism and Daoism. Buddhism was merged with native Daoism and folk religion. It is taught that Buddha, was not a god, but merely an ordinary man who lived 2,500 years ago. He is known to have seen clearly into the true nature of reality. His teachings are not set in stone rules someone must follow or the only wisdom in the world. They believe the teachings should be advice that should be considered by us from one who has “gone beyond” everyday views, ideas, and conceptions. Buddhism believes many things, one being that one’s afterlife depends on how they live this life. How they live here, will help them

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