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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

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    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.

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