Confucius & Comrades: the Continuum of Sagely Rulers of All-Under-Heaven from Pre-Imperial China to Contemporary Korea
In this seminar, Jyrki Kallio defines the characteristics of the "political religion" affecting the East Asian societies, based on the belief of Heaven as the ruler of man's fate. The legitimacy of ancient kings took the form of a Heavenly Mandate which would only be bestowed upon a king who could maintain unity. For centuries, Grand Unity was the "unifying principle between the past and present". This presentation discusses the extent to which this still holds true for East Asia.
Jyrki Kallio is a sinologist at The Finnish Institute for International Affairs.