>>601217 Mass hysteria/imperial and military cult. Purpose to itself. Absolute delusions and detachment from reality present in the most, if not all, contemporary writers and historical accounts. Being so much raised as a member of the society you're no longer mere human and things that applied to human/indoeuropean society were completely changed as well as the image of the world itself. Greeks and even Babylon had that healthier perspective on the world.
>>601220 pre republican chinese had made it clear that religion is superstition.
quote confucius >《敬鬼神而远之》: respect the ghost/gods (supernatural beings) but also keep away from them.
Besides that, folk's belief/superstition has always been the dominant among chinese rather than buddhist or "confucianism" ( the classifying of east asian world under confucianism is western thing ).
The folk's belief are mostly animism which comes from fear/respect on nature, and also ancestor worshiping, because chinese believe that instead of some imaginary sky father, it is their beloved and respectful precursor's intelligence and legacy that bring them their uplifted society, civilization. And it is more a passed down traditions than heavy indoctrination.
>>601363 >pre republican chinese had made it clear that religion is superstition. >quote confucius >《敬鬼神而远之》: respect the ghost/gods (supernatural beings) but also keep away from them. Yeah, they the intelligentsia and urban folk went thru an atheist phase, just like all the other civilizations I mentioned. We're going thru an atheist phase, but will return to religion eventually, like the folk religion of the Chinese.
>>604175 The late empire wasn't actually very decadent at all, after Diocletian's reforms pretty much all of the curiales got fucked in the ass and stopped paying for public entertainments, monuments etc. in the cities.>>604175 Classical Roman urbanism was dead by the 5th century
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