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Throughout history, Chinese architects have incorporated the Taoist concept of feng shui into the structures they are building. Taoism, which was formed in China's classical period, is based on the philosophies and teachings of Lao-tzu. An integral part of Taoism is feng shui, which is translated as "wind and water." The concept of creating harmony between man and nature is a concept that has been around for thousands of years, and it has gained popularity. By following the rules of feng shui, o

1. How has the Yumato dynasty gone from being a major political power to only a figurative leadership? When the Yumato dynasty came to power around 500 AD, they were the whole political situation in Japan. The society was a theocracy because the Emperor was the political leader and the religious leader. Because the society was a theocracy, the people did not have a right to revolt and taht is why the Yumato dynasty has been the only dynasty ever existent in Japan. This gave th

Brad Czopek Area Studies There are three major "religions" in China: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Buddhism came from India, but the other two originated in China. This is a comparison between those two religions. In modern times there are lots of people that try to maintain a balance between the three, but this has not always been the case. There have been times when the followers of one religion were persecuted by the people of another religion. Coming into this report, I knew bas

In Southern Africa, Mohandas Gandhi worked ceaselessly to improve the rights of the immigrant Indians. It was there that he developed his creed of passive resistance against injustice, stayagraha, meaning truth and force, and was frequently failed as a result of the protests that he led. Before Gandhi returned to India in 1915, he had radically changed the lives of Indians living in Southern Africa. When Gandhi arrived, it was not long before he was taking the lead in the long struggle for indep

JAPAN By Jonathan Appel GEOGRAPHY Japan is made up of a four main island chain with other small islands in the western Pacific Ocean volcanic mountain range. The main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Many of the major cities including Tokyo, the capital, are found on the island of Honshu. Many of the islands of Japan are volcanically active to this day. There are approximately fifty active volcanoes known to the Japanese and about 1,500 minor earthquakes occur each year. Mt.

Gandhi: A PrAyEr India was a colony of the British Empire for several hundred years and was considered to be the crown jewel of the Empire. However, within the country, many people lived in great poverty because the British took all the wealth. India longed for independence but there was not much people could do, except pray. Their prayers were answered with the birth of a Mahatma (great soul); Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was to use his belief in Ahimsa (Passive resistance) and Satya

Introduction Of all the ethnic groups in the world, the Kurds are one of the largest that has no state to call their own. According to historian William Westermann, "The Kurds can present a better claim to race purity...than any people which now inhabits Europe." (Bonner, p. 63, 1992) Over the past hundred years, the desire for an independent Kurdish state has created conflicts mainly with the Turkish and Iraqi populations in the areas where most of the Kurds live. This conflict has imp

Chandragupta Maurya When Chandragupta Maurya (known to the Greeks as Sandrocottus) was born, his father was already dead, causing his family to be in a state of great poverty. Which may be one of the reasons why his uncles were forced to leave Chandragupta in the care of a cow-herder who would bring him up as his own son. He was later sold to a hunter to tend cattle, then purchased by a Brahman politician, Canakya (also called Kautilya), who is credited with being the main contributor to th

Click Here For Research Papers Online! ARAB-ISRAELI WARS Since the United Nations partition of PALESTINE in 1947 and the establishment of the modern state of ISRAEL in 1948, there have been four major Arab-Israeli wars (1947-49, 1956, 1967, and 1973) and numerous intermittent battles. Although Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, hostility between Israel and the rest of its Arab neighbors, complicated by the demands of Palestinian Arabs, continued into the 1980s. THE FIRST

Click Here For Research Papers Online! China Chinese Economic Reform Two years after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, it became apparent to many of China's leaders that economic reform was necessary. During his tenure as China's premier, Mao had encouraged social movements such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution which had had as their bases ideologies such as serving the people and maintaining the class struggle. By 1978 "Chinese leaders were searching for a solu