These religions also have similarities and differences between each other in which it has involved them to what they've become. The major empires that have affected are Persia, India, China, Greece, and Rome. These empires' culture has influenced by religion to the extent where it has changed their lifestyle. Although secular thought has made a huge impact on the world, world religion has affected history since its reemergence of empires by exchanging culture of their ideas during the classical age. The major religions do have similarities among each other even though they taught people different concepts and direct people to different views of ideas.
Today we have many different cultures, societies, and religions spread around the world. Most of these cultures and religion originated in the past, ancient world to us. The religions and cultures were spread through different ways by each country or religion, some used teachings and education, while others used violence and enforcement of religion. Religion in cultures and society is made important, of its effects of teaching morals, values, spirituality, and a guided path of life. At times these different believes can conflict each other, thus creating and causing secularism, intolerance, and discrimination towards other religions and cultures.
In this period, the rulers imposed their religion on the citizens and made it compulsory as the state religion. Later on, Zhou over-threw the Shang dynasty bringing in another perspective of religion known as Confucianism, this particular religion, believed that “authority was not by chance but given a greater power which was higher than man” (Dubois, 2011, p. 17). Most of the citizens embraced this new religion as it brought about peace and good virtue. “Confucianism reigned through the Han dynasty, until it was finally over-thrown by the Sung Dynasty. Were the whole imperial system finally fell” (Dubois, 2011, p. 23).
They also gave us a lot of inventions that we still use today and they also had a very different religion than most people. Religion/Beliefs Religion was very important to the Huang He Civilization; the early religion of the Huang He people was polytheistic, meaning they had more than one. They believed in supernatural forces and that they could communicate with dead ancestors that were in the afterlife with oracle bones and also that spirits, kings and dead ancestors could help them have a good future. Confucianism and Taoism (also known as Daoism) existed in the area since about 450 BC and Buddhism hit the area in 110 BC – 220 AD and became the main religion in that area. One of the many dynasties near the Huang He River that was called the Shang Dynasty worshipped a God named Shang Di who ruled over Gods of the sun, moon, wind, rain and other natural forces.
In this day and age, anyone from around the world can practice and preach almost any religion known to man. Religion is one of the single most important reason for who we are and what we are, without the presence of the supernatural being we might no even be here at this point in time. With India being one of the top three countries populations wise, there are bound to be clashes within itself. India has had its share of different religions affecting its structure, but the three main religions are Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. All three of these religions have evolved drastically and have left a lasting mark on where India stands right now.
Ch’an and Zen Buddhism Throughout the early years in many East Asian countries, there were many people who were looking for answers to this world’s, and otherworldly, questions. When Gotama became enlightened, and began preaching the practices of Buddhism, it came at such a time when the Han dynasty was collapsing, citizens were tired of Confucianism and looking for a new ideology that they could put there hearts and souls into. Over the years, Buddhism proved to be much more than just a religion; it became a way of life. But over time, the powerful orthodoxy transformed, and many different Buddhist sects emerged. One of the more popular sects, Ch’an, or Zen, Buddhism, has become one of the most influential religions in China and Japan, and is still flourishing today.
However you can also say some horrible leaders believed in religion, which the leaders in turn took religion for granted and used it for their selfish own use. Some people often believe religion is the cause of wars in china, others believe it to be corruption and greed for power, though both may be true, Chinese religion has influenced China so much that while they have evolved technologically, their principles have stayed mostly the same. Traditions people use today dates back to beginning of China itself, whether it’s Buddhism or Taoism that started the tradition, people still look for guidance in those religions. However, having religion last this long throughout the years of China and all of its Dynasties was not an easy task. Till this day Buddhism is just now starting to revitalize.
Many Americans struggled with their identity, ethos, and how religion played a large part in shaping Americans. As people immigrated into the United States, issues arose about how people should function together despite different viewpoints. New people in the United States brought diverse religious views and had a difficult time getting used to the American ways (Goff and Harvey 164). Major immigration spanned the time period of the 1820’s to 1900’s, and peaked in the 1880’s with a majority of immigrates hailing from Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia. They brought Roman Catholicism, eastern orthodoxy, Judaism, and Buddhism with them.
The beliefs of these religions vary greatly and you could write a paper on each one. Among the main modern religions, Christianity and Islam are the most popular throughout the world. Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, and many others are still practiced throughout the world. Hinduism and Buddhism are mainly practiced in the Far East. Christianity is most common among English speaking countries.
The Mughal empire ruled a mostly Hindu population inside a Islamic law code. Akbar the Great (leader in the late 15 h century) focused on religious freedom and expression between Hindu's and Muslim's. To do this, he created a new religion that combined the two religions named Din-I-Ilahi. While this new faith was not very successful, it did provide great religious independence. The Mughal empire began to decline due to many reasons.