Compare and Contrast Religious Beliefs of Ancient China and Egypt
It is interesting to imagine a time when we did not know. We did not know if the sun would return to warm us after a cold winter, we did not know if the rains would come and saturate the dry earth and fill the rivers. Imagine a time when nature was the only thing outside of our self, we had to survive her and we needed her to survive. It is no wonder that people came to revere nature as she gave sustenance. In reverence for our existence, to make sense of the world, and to keep people in order belief systems/religions were created. Different cultures did so differently, but some qualities overlap. Like other ancient religions, Egypt and China were polytheistic with similarities though their philosophy was dissimilar.
Early religious practices in both Egypt and China include worship to different deities but Egyptian religion was theocratic and the pharoah was often the high priest and in some instances considered a god himself. While the priest was important in ancient Chinese religion, the king and emperor reigned supreme. Early Chinese religion includes a philosophy of balance, yin/yang, a cosmic universal flow of energy that requires balance to maintain order. This philosophy flourished through the 3 main…show more content… They were built a shrine and were believed to be able to communicate and have influence with the gods. As ancient people settled into communities the construction of religion set the backdrop for explaining natural forces, gave rituals to the day, and kept people in order. Our inquisitive nature uncovere d truths that led to advancements in our civilization like the plough, irrigation, the compass, the calendar year, medicines, and language while still complying to this religious doctrine and giving divinity credit for this progress.