Ancient China Religion

Ancient China Religion
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Ancient China

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

Ancient China is called one of the world's cradles of civilization. China has the longest continuous history in the world with over 3,500 years of written history! Many superlatives can be applied to Ancient China: It has the highest mountains! The longest rivers! The largest plateau! The longest wall! And, some of the world's earliest empires. This teacher guide utilizes the popular G.R.A.P.E.S. acronym for teaching about ancient civilizations and focuses on the geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, and social structure of Ancient China.

Ancient China

Storyboard Description

G.R.A.P.E.S.: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Life. This storyboard explains the religious beliefs of Ancient China.

Storyboard Text

  • The mind is everything. What you think you become.
  • A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
  • Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you.
  • Buddhism came from India founded by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha, 563 BCE-483 BCE) who was a Hindu prince that renounced his wealth to seek enlightenment. Buddhism focuses on understanding and eliminating suffering, karma, birth and rebirth.
  • A philosophy founded by Laozi (Lao-tzu) believed to have lived sometime in the 6th century BCE. The word Tao means "the Way", Taoism taught that people gained happiness and peace by living in harmony with nature. Used the yin-yang symbol to describe the duality of nature.
  • Based on the teachings of Kongfuxi (Confucius) a philosophy whose goal was to create a more just and peaceful society. Confucianism deeply influenced Chinese government and culture in ancient times and continues to influence it today.
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