Societies in the Classical Period Term Paper by Nicky

Societies in the Classical Period
A discussion of societal changes throughout time.
# 146748 | 1,377 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2011 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Religion and Theology (General) , Anthropology (General)

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This paper explains how it has been a common practice throughout time for cultures to borrow from successful societies especially within the context of the Classical periods. It states that many of these traditions still live on today and raises the question as to how our current society will lend itself to the future formation of new societies yet to be conceived.

From the Paper:

''It was from the Hindu tradition that Buddhism was born. The Indian Hindu prince Siddhartha Guatama stems from his Classical Indian Hindu traditions into an entire new branch of religious thought and practice (Boeree 2000). In disagreement with the way Hindu traditions had been molded through Classical Indian society, Guatama turned to found his own religious tradition--Buddhism. As Guatama slowly transformed into the Buddha, the basic principles of the religious tradition also began to take shape. The budding tradition kept ideas of rebirth however uses it in a frame where each new life provides new valuable lessons to the soul as it changes and reaches further towards perfection (Boeree 2000). Along with continuing the tradition of rebirth, Buddhism introduced the concept of karma, or the idea that every action receives its own rewards or punishments later on throughout life. As this new religious philosophy and others associated with Buddhism spread all over India, their influence began to reach further into the corners of the Asian continent.
''Centuries after the Buddha's passing, his religion entered into Classical Chinese society. At the time, Chinese society was predominately under the traditions of Taoism and Confucianism. Buddhism found some similar features within the dominate tradition of Taoism, and so began its slow progression into Classical Chinese culture and life (Jayaram 2008). As Classical Chinese society was run into the ground by dynasty collapses and Mongolian invasions, Buddhism began to represent a replacement of older values and thus promoted by the future generation of Chinese leaders. With sacred Buddhist texts becoming more widely available through their translation into Chinese, the religion continued to spread throughout the massive nation. The following dynasties proved to help promote the spread and success of Buddhism in China.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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