posted by qwerty .
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
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.