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East Asian World View

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Department
Religion
Course
RLG100Y1
Professor
Sol Goldberg
Semester
Winter

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East Asian World View March 21 2011 One central unifying featuresideographic Chinese writing systemProduct of a long development in ChinaMost signs represent a sign and not a soundChina was a highly evolved civilizationrelative to othersAssessment of the worldthe world is a good placeoptimistic appraisal of the experience of being in the world The body is considered to be good and valuableReverence for the bodyEmphasizes reverence for ancestors lineage parents from which one has emerged in the worldFilial PietyReverence respect care for ancestorsSyncretisticAbsorbing ideas from elsewhere and evolving an identity that is comfortable with received knowledge from other sourcesThe task of religion is to hold and produce a cultured personA religious person is also cultivated in the arts cultivated and refined Considerable emphasis on the idea of harmonyEmphasized both in the natural cosmic sphereand social harmony Interest
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