why is the significance of the mandate of heaven in the shang and zhou dynasty?
i googled it and browsed around wiki what i gathered was it justified the kings actions and made it so people who werent of royal birth eligable of being a ruler... can anyone explain what it really is
history - Ms. Sue, Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 6:27pm
The Mandate of Heaven was similar to Europe's Divine Right of Kings. People believed that God (or the gods) decreed that royal families ruled with the consent of God/Heaven. Because their dyansties were ordained by Heaven, no one could question their actions.