67 DAYS. 1,608 HOURS. 96,480 MINUTES
We've covered the major belief systems of the Classical Period. And, don't worry; this is the bulk of the religion for the entire course. The only other MAJOR religion that will show up is Islam (in the Post Classical Period). There will be variations of the religions we've covered, but no other huge new belief systems (besides Islam). So, here are the remaining tidbits of Classical Belief Systems:
Both Buddhism and Christianity encourage Monasticism. Monsasticism is the Monk Life. Monks live religious lives away from the rest of the world. Think of Buddhist monks meditating to reach Nirvana or Christian monks following Monastery rules to attain eternal life in Jesus's model.
Confucianism is THE Filial Piety belief system. It's the main idea of Confucianism. Filial Piety is respect for both elders and ancestors.
Shamanism/Animism is the name given to the belief systems that exist outside of the "core civilizations". Shamanism refers to a plethora of belief systems that are led by a Shaman (religious leader with access to spirit world) who leads the followers in spiritual activities. Animism refers to the beliefs that non-human things here on earth that possess spiritual qualities. Both of these are prevelent in the Classical Period outside of the core civilizations.
Remember Mulan. What was her dad doing at the beginning? He was praying at a shrine to his ancestors. Praying and respecting your ancestors in the after life affects your life here on earth. This is not just a Chinese thing. It is also present in the Americas,as well as Africa.
At this point, 2.1 takes a turn and looks at more cultural than religious ideas. They want you to know that distinct forms of literature (writing) and drama (theater/plays) began in this era. These will have cultural repercussions on these cultures in the future.
Think about architecture (buildings) in different parts of the world. If you have an idea as to the stereotypical styles of a certain region... Those begin in this period. Luckily, someone made a handy chart:
Greco-Buddhism is the most literaly thing on the AP Exam. As Alexander the Great moved East into India, Greek culture blended with Buddhist culture to create... GRECO-BUDDHISM! It is seen in the architecture and art forms throughout the Middle East and India.
Tomorrow, we begin our week of Classical Cultures with Persia.