Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies
c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E.
Key Concept 2.1: The development & codification of religious & cultural traditions
- Codifications and further developments of existing religious traditions provided a bond among the people and an ethical code to live by.
- New belief systems and cultural traditions emerged and spread, often asserting universal truths.
- Belief systems generally reinforced existing social structures while also offering new roles and status to some men and women. For example, Confucianism emphasized filial piety, and some Buddhists and Christians practiced a monastic life..
- Other religious and cultural traditions, including shamanism, animism, and ancestor veneration persisted.
- Artistic expressions, including literature and drama, architecture, and sculpture show distinctive cultural developments.