Social Hierarchy In Ancient China

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Ancient China, along with many other ancient civilizations was divided into a social hierarchy. The social hierarchy was for people to know where they stood in society and the amount of power they had. Religious beliefs and practices in the ruling classes took a large impact in their daily lives. There were three different classes that were categorized by the wealth of the person and roles they contributed to society. At the top of the social pyramid there was the ruling class which held the most powerful and well respected man in the ancient Chinese society the emperor, who created the laws and was highly respected as he was believed to contribute a large amount to society. Below the ruling class, the peasant class, who held one of the most well acknowledged groups in society the tenant farmers, as they provided a vast range of crops. At the bottom of the social pyramid the lower class holding the merchants who were well valued in other ancient civilizations, but the ancient Chinese believed that they had an unnecessary significance in the ancient Chinese society. As they did…show more content…
This class held the emperor the most powerful and significant person in ancient Chinese times. The emperor had the benefit to create new laws and religions to enforce his power to society. Being the emperor was the best place to be in society but it was also a very dangerous position. A number of emperors 31% died being assassinated by family members or relatives, as the family members wanted the position of the emperor. The first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi created new laws that would benefit himself as emperor and his dynasty. He rewarded people for turning in people that committed crimes. At the lowest part of the ruling class, the bureaucrats who would minister, and enforce the new laws and religions to
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