Today we will be reading a primary source from the Zhou Dynasty. This text was written by Yin, the chief advisor to the new Emperor of the Zhou Dynasty with advice on how to be a good ruler.
We will be using the SOAPStone method to analyze this source while we read. Remember that SOAPStone means subject, occasion, audience, purpose, speaker, tone.
Click on the link below to access the reading. You may choose to read this in either English or the Original Chinese that it was written in during the Zhou Dynasty.
After reading through the primary source and answering the SOAPStone questions on your own, answer the following questions in the submission box below:
1. How would you define the Mandate of Heaven in your own words?
2. Why do you think the Mandate of Heaven was important for the rulers of the Zhou Dynasty?