October 29, 2013

The Mandate Of Heavean


China's history is long and, if anyone's familiar with Disney's Mulan, includes a number of dynasties, the most famous of which are the Qin dynasty (where the word "China" comes from), and the Han dynasty.

Some Confucian scholars have depicted a dynastic cycle that seems to repeat in every dynasty, otherwise known as the Mandate of Heaven:

Room 5 History
It appears to me that this cycle could be applied to many other rules and countries.  I wonder if it's still relevant nowadays...

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