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2 The Hundred Schools of the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period, I (ca. 6th to 3rd Century bce)

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In the life of the Regional Rulers, high ranking officials and the common people in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods, there was said to be something called the "six arts", which are knowledge or ability in rites, music, archery, charioteering, mathematics, and calligraphy. In the early years of the Warring States era, the Confucians and the Moists were already well-known schools of thought, but the Daoists differed from them in that they were not a school of thought with any obvious genealogy. The Spring and Autumn and Warring States era was an extremely vibrant one, and the medical and mantic arts and numerological knowledge from the Shang and Zhou periods still permeated the general life of society. The spirit of the average member of Warring States society roamed around in the worlds of these "Heavenly Gods", "Earthly spirits" and "human ghosts".

Keywords: autumn; Confucians; Daoists; Moists; Regional Rulers; Shang; spring; Warring States period; Zhou

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