World History Homework Three Answers - Student 11

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1. List the major ancient empires of China, including the time periods and major leaders.

The first real evidence of civilization in China seems to be of the Shang dynasty. It was founded by T’ang. It existed from 1766-1122 B.C, when it was overthrown by the Chou dynasty. The Chou dynasty lasted from 1046-256 B.C, making it the longest lasting dynasty in China to this day. After that came the Qin dynasty (221-206), it was founded by Zhou. There was also the Han dynasty (206 B.C- A.D 220). This dynasty expanded China further into North Korea and Vietnam.

Excellent.

2. List the major ancient empires of India, including the time periods and major leaders.

The real beginning of Ancient India is probably when Archaemenid invaded the Indus Valley in 572 B.C. amazingly, this was the only country that Alexander the great was not able to destroy. Later, Chandragupta Mauryan took of a very large part of East India. It became what was the largest Indian empire, and it still is to this day! In A.D 320 Chandragupta 1 rose to power, and ruled until A.D 467.

Very good.

3. Explain what this is

This is the Yin Yang, the famous cymbal of Taoism. It illustrates the driving of two forces, and the balance that we are supposed to have between them.

Superb.

4. Pick one of the religions in this week’s lecture and discuss it, including where it fits in as to popularity and influence among all the world religions.

I will discuss Buddhism. The amazing thing about Buddhism is the amount of time it has lasted, for being a religion (or belief system) without a god. In this religion, happiness is the key to life, and the key to happiness is not longing for anything. It is a very peaceful religion, and is almost used a refuge for those in the lower class of Hinduism. It is only just below Hinduism as far as popularity goes.

Buddhism is more popular than Hinduism outside of India, but much less popular than Hinduism in India.

Honors Questions (answer any 2 of the following)

H1.

H2. Discuss a difference between a belief system and a religion, in your view, and give some examples from this week’s lecture.

Well a belief system, Buddhism for example, doesn’t involve scriptures and readings, and, in fact, a God. It is just a set of rules, while a religion, let’s say Hinduism for an example is quite the contrary, and involves a God as the centerpiece, plus usually scriptures and such.

Note that Hinduism includes many "gods", although they are connected to one God.

H3. How do you think the major belief systems of today, as ranked in the lecture, will rank in 100 years?

I believe that Christianity will continue to grow largely, and believe that Buddhism will eventually become more popular than Hinduism due to the amount of untouchable who seem to be converting. Judaism will probably sat similar to where it is now, who knows?

You are more optimistic about Christianity remaining very popular than other students have been. Time will tell.

Daniel N.

Grade: 60/60. Excellent work.--Andy Schlafly 19:29, 4 October 2011 (EDT)
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