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Lecture

Mandate of Heaven


Department
History
Course Code
HIS280Y1
Professor
Scott Relyea

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September 23 – Mandate from Heaven
Some historians regarded the Zhou as a different kind of people because they tried to incorporate several
different kinds of cultures
The Zhou still used human sacrifices but not as many as the Shun
More organic conception of Gwan Yu?
-Conceived as so powerf ul that even the kings only communicated to them through their ancestors
Unlike the Shun, the Zhou did not believe that heavenly divinations interacted dire ctly with humans
Looked upon the stars for divinations; believed the placement of the stars would impact the human realm
(astrology)
-The placement of the stars would inf lue nce how the human world was structured and functioned
-Also looked upon the stars to set the calendar
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