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2 After you watch the video, complete the questions on the form posted in Google Classroom. Take a look at the questions before viewing so you know what evidence you will need. TedEd - The Five Major World Religions Major Belief Systems Day 11 Bellringer
3 Big Picture Most of these belief systems have impacted world history from their inception through the present era. At this point, we are looking at their impact during the ancient and classical eras. We will learn more about their impact on later world events as we move through the year. Most of the major religions have had schisms (divisions), resulting in a variety of subgroups or sects. For the most part, AP test writers focus on the overall religion rather than particular sects (exceptions include the Protestant Reformation, the Sunni/Shia split in Islam, and the rise of fundamentalism in Islam). In addition to understanding core beliefs of each religion, it s important to focus on the impact they had on social, political, cultural, and even military developments. Pay attention to where each belief system started as well as where and how it spread. This will help you understand conflicts and interactions with religions and cultures.
4 Polytheism Believe in multiple gods who impact life on earth to varying degrees, sometimes for good, and sometimes not. The vast majority of ancient civilizations were polytheistic. Through 600 CE, the religions of all the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean empires (including the Greeks and Romans prior to the rise of Christianity), except for the Hebrews and the Christians. In the east, Aryan religions, Hinduism, and traditional Chinese systems were polytheistic as were some Buddhist and Daoist sects. In ancient Egypt, the gods were often considered benevolent and kind, while in ancient Sumer, the gods were feared and therefore had to be appeased on a regular basis.
5 Polytheism Broader Impact: It was at the center of art and architecture in most civilizations. Most of the grand works of these civilizations were dedicated to the gods, or made to appease them. Because the practice of polytheism was very complicated and filled with rituals, it led to the rise of a priestly class, whose members controlled most of the communication between the people and their gods. Rigid social structures with priests at the top quickly developed. Many civilizations had separate gods for each city-state, as well as collective gods for the civilization as a whole. As a result, the rise and fall of various city-states was thought to play out on earth, as well as in the heavens
6 Key Concept Codifications and further developments of existing religious traditions provided a bond among people and an ethical code to live by.
7 A The association of monotheism with JUDAISM further developed with the codification of the Hebrew Scriptures, which also reflected the influence of Mesopotamian culture and legal traditions. The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Roman empires conquered various Jewish states at different points in time. These conquests contributed to the growth of Jewish diasporic communities around the Mediterranean and Middle East.
8 Judaism Practiced by the Hebrews; founded about 2000 BCE Holds that God (Yahweh) selected a group of people, the Hebrews, and made himself known to them. If they followed his laws, worshipped him, and were faithful, he would preserve them for all time. This group became the Jews, and Judaism became the first of the great monotheistic religions. At the center of Judaism is the awareness of a unique relationship with God. Jews believe they were created by God and live in a world created by a personal, sovereign God who created the world for humans to live in and enjoy and exercise free will. The destiny of the world is paradise, reached by human beings with divine help.
9 Judaism The task of human beings is to honor and serve God by following the Laws of Moses, as contained in the Torah (the Jewish Bible, made up of the first five books of the Old Testament), to promote the ethics of the prophets, and maintain the identity of the people. Judaism, therefore, is both a religious practice and a societal custom. It is not centered on many of the concepts typically associated with a religion, although a belief in an afterlife, a set of traditions and doctrines, philosophy, and personal salvation are part of its makeup.
10 Judaism Judaism did not become a Proselytizing religion (seeking converts) Broader Impact Judaism was the first of the major monotheistic faiths; as such, it spawned the other two major monotheistic religions, Christianity and Islam.
11 B The core beliefs in the Sanskrit scriptures formed the basis of the Vedic religions - developing later into what was known as HINDUISM, a monistic belief system. These beliefs included the importance of multiple manifestations of brahman and teachings about dharma and reincarnation, and they contributed to the development of the social and political roles of a caste system.
12 Hinduism Practiced by the various cultures of the Indian subcontinent since 1500 BCE. Began in India with the Aryan invaders. Believe in one supreme force called Brahma, the creator, who is in all things. Hindu gods are manifestations of Brahma notably Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer.
13 Hinduism The life goal of Hindus is to merge with Brahma but that task is considered impossible to accomplish in one lifetime. Therefore, Hindus believe that who you are in this life was determined by who you were in a past life; and how you conduct yourself in your assigned role in this life will determine the role (caste) you are born into in a future life. If you behave well and follow the dharma (the rules and obligations of the caste you re born into), you ll keep moving up the ladder toward unification with Brahma. If not, you ll drop down the ladder. This cycle of life, death, and rebirth continues until you achieve moksha, the highest state of being, one of perfect internal peace and release of the soul.
14 Hinduism No central sacred text but the Vedas and the Upanishads guide Hindus with prayers, verses, and descriptions of the origins of the universe.
15 Hinduism Broader Impact Hinduism is a religion as well as a social system (the caste system). You are born into your caste, and if you are dissatisfied with it, it s an indication you are not following the dharma; therefore, you will have an even worse lot in the next life. This is why most faithful Hindus quietly accepted their station in life. They knew social mobility within one lifetime was out of the question, but they were confident they would accomplish it at death if they lived according to the tenets of Hinduism Its connection to Indian social structure and customs prevented its acceptance in other parts of the world. Today Hinduism as a whole remains a powerful force even though some modern Hindus are beginning to rebel against the caste system
16 Key Concept New belief systems and cultural traditions emerged and spread, often asserting universal truths.
17 A The core beliefs preached by the historic Buddha and collected by his followers in sutras and other scriptures were, in part, a reaction to the Vedic beliefs and rituals dominant in South Asia. BUDDHISM branched into many schools and changed over time as it spread throughout Asia - first through the support of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, and then through the efforts of missionaries and merchants and the establishment of educational institutions to promote Buddhism s core teachings.
18 Buddhism Practiced in Eastern civilizations, most notably in India, China, and Southeast Asia Founded by a young Hindu prince named Siddhartha Gautama who lived in Nepal from BCE. He rejected his wealth to search for the meaning of human suffering. After meditating under a sacred Bodhi tree, he became the Buddha, or Enlightened One. There is no supreme being in Buddhism. Buddhists follow the Four Noble Truths: All life is suffering Suffering is caused by desire. One can be freed of this desire. One is freed of desire by following the Eightfold Path.
19 Buddhism The Eightfold Path is made up of right views, right aspirations, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right endeavor, right mindfulness, and right meditation. Following this path enables one to move toward nirvana, the state of perfect peace and harmony. The goal in one s life is to reach nirvana, which may or may not take several lifetimes. This means that Buddhists also believe in reincarnation. Buddhism holds that anyone can achieve nirvana, it is not dependent on an underlying social structure, such as the caste system. After the death of Buddha, Buddhism split into two large movements: Theravada (Hinayana) or Mahayana.
20 Buddhism Theravada (little raft) = emphasis on meditation, simplicity, and an interpretation of nirvana as the renunciation of human consciousness and of the self; Buddha himself is not considered a god, and other gods and goddesses have very little significance; requires men and women to seek monastic life to reach the degree of meditation for enlightenment; dominant in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia Mahayana (big raft) = more complicated and involving greater ritual than Buddha specified; appealed to people who believed his original teachings did not offer enough spiritual comfort and therefore they hypothesized that other forms of salvation were possible; the Buddha becomes a godlike deity; other deities appear, including bodhisattvas or those who have achieved nirvana but chose to remain on earth; relied more on priests and scriptures; people can lead a lay life and still pursue enlightenment with the help of monks and nuns in their communities
21 Buddhism Broader Impact Because it rejected social hierarchies of castes, Buddhism appealed strongly to members of lower rank. Because it isn t attached to an underlying social structure, it can apply to almost anyone, anywhere which is why it rapidly spread to other cultures throughout Asia. It became a major force in Asia when the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka converted to it and supported its missionary efforts. Eventually, it was reabsorbed into Hinduism in India but continued to thrive in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia as it spread via trade routes
22 B CONFUCIANISM s core beliefs and writings originated in the writings of Confucius. They were elaborated by key disciples, including rulers such as Wudi, who sought to promote social harmony by outlining proper rituals and social relationships for all people in China.
23 Confucianism Widely practiced throughout China from around 400 BCE onward. Confucius had a strong-will and ideas that were often at odds with state policy so his ambitions for a government position were never achieved. Instead he served as an educator and political advisor. His thoughts and sayings were collected in the Analects and would have a profound influence on Chinese thinking, both politically and culturally. It is a political and social philosophy not a religion! Moral and ethical in character, but also thoroughly practical, dealing almost solely with the question of how to restore political and social order Does not deal with philosophical or religious issues such as salvation or an afterlife.
24 Confucianism Five fundamental relationships: ruler and subject, parent and child, husband and wife, older brother and younger brother, and friend and friend. When each person in these relationships lives up to his or her obligations of those relationships, society is orderly and predictable. Concentrates on the formation of junzi individuals considered superior because they are educated, conscientious, and able to put aside personal ambition for the good of the state. They would lead by example and would exercise enlightened leadership. Key values: Ren a sense of humanity, kindness, and benevolence Li a sense of propriety, courtesy, respect, and deference to elders Xiao filial piety, which means a respect for family obligation, including to the extended family Women were considered of secondary status, although children were taught to honor their mothers as well as their fathers.
25 Confucianism Broader Impact It was compatible with other religions meaning a person could, for example, practice both Buddhism and Confucianism simultaneously. This flexibility enabled it to flourish. Government leaders embraced it because it was intended to create an orderly society. It led to a distinctive Chinese culture in which communities became extremely tight-knit; members had duties and responsibilities to many others in the community from birth to death. It did not have similar impact on the rest of world as it evolved only within the context of the Chinese culture
26 C In major Daoist writing, the core belief of balance between humans and nature assumed that the Chinese political system would be altered indirectly. DAOISM also influenced the development of Chinese culture.
27 Daoism Some Chinese practiced Daoism, from around 500 BCE onward. The Dao (also spelled Tao) is defined as the way of nature, the way of the cosmos. Founded by Lao-tzu, a legendary Chinese philosopher. The Dao is passive and yielding; it accomplishes everything yet does nothing. Daoists sometimes use the image of water, soft and yielding, yet capable of wearing away stone. From this comes the idea that humans should tailor their behavior to the passive and yielding nature of the Dao. Ambition and activism only bring chaos in the world. Wuwei = disengagement from worldly affairs leads to a simple life in harmony with nature Not completely passive. Daoist priests often used magic intended to influence the spirits.
28 Daoism Broader Impact Daoists advocated the formation of small, self-sufficient communities and served as a counter-balance to Confucian activism. Daoism promoted scientific discoveries and led to great astronomers, chemists, and botanists. Daoism is notable because it coexisted with Confucianism, Buddhism, and Legalism in China. It added to the complexity of China, which in turn added to the uniqueness of China and other Eastern civilizations as separate and distinct from the Western world.
29 Comparison: Daoism and Confucianism (you may want to write some notes from this in your packet) Both shared a core belief in the Dao, or the Way, they diverged in how each understood how the Dao manifested itself in the world. While Confucianism is concerned with creating an orderly society, Daoism is concerned with helping people live in harmony with nature and find internal peace. Confucianism encouraged relationships and a very active government as a fundamentally good force in the world; Daoism encourages a simple, passive existence, and little government interference with this pursuit. Despite these differences, many Chinese found them compatible, hence practiced both simultaneously they used Confucianism to guide them in their relationships and Daoism to guide them in their private meditations.
30 Legalism Practiced almost entirely in China, specifically during the Qin dynasty. Developed at around the same time as Confucianism and Daoism. It maintained that peace and order were achievable only through a centralized, tightly governed state. Legalists didn t trust human nature, and therefore, advocated the need for tough laws. Believed that people would be made to obey through harsh punishment, strong central government, and unquestioned authority. Focused only on things that were practical or that sustained society. Believed that two of the most worthy professions were farming and the military.
31 Legalism Broader Impact By adopting Legalism, the Qin Dynasty was able to accomplish the unification of China swiftly, and the completion of massive projects like the building of the Great Wall. Because Legalism also caused widespread resentment among the common people, who suffered under it, Legalism inadvertently led to wider acceptance of Confucianism and Daoism.
32 Comparison: Legalism and Confucianism (you may want to write some notes from this in your packet) Both are social belief systems, and not religions. Although both are intended to lead to an orderly society, their approaches are directly opposed. Confucianism relies on the fundamental goodness of human beings, whereas Legalism presupposes that people are fundamentally evil. Confucianism casts everything in terms of corresponding responsibilities while Legalism casts everything in terms of strict laws and harsh punishment. The Han successfully blended the best of both philosophies to organize their dynasty.
33 Comparison: Confucianism, Hinduism, and Judaism (you may want to write some notes from this in your packet) They are similar in that they are all closely tied to the culture in which they are practiced, and therefore are not part of the sweeping, evangelical movements that seek to convert the rest of the world. Each not only arose out of a specific culture, but was used to sustain that culture by providing guidelines and moral authority.
Hinduism Practiced by the various cultures of the Indian subcontinent since 1500 BCE. Began in India with the Aryan invaders. Believe in one supreme force called Brahma, the creator, who is in all things.
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