River Valley Civilization

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The Yellow River Valley Civilization was one of the oldest civilizations in the world and main source of Chinese civilization. It is not just a river, but also stands for origins of their culture and civilization. Has been referred to as “the Mother River” to the Chinese and “the Cradle of Chinese Civilization.” The River was the birthplace of ancient civilizations in the Xia and Shang eras (2100-1600 BC and 1600-1046 BC). The Yellow River Valley Civilization was the most prosperous religion in early Chinese history. They regard 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; Confucianism and Daoism. Buddhism merged with folk religion to form the religion known as Daoism. It is taught that the Buddha was not a god they worshipped 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 nor the only wisdom in the world. They believe the teachings should be advice that we should consider from one who has “gone beyond” everyday views, ideas, and conceptions. Buddhism believes many things, one being that one’s afterlife is determined by how they live this current life. How they live here, will help them evaluate

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