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Dang 1 Nguyen Dang Marshall WHAP/ Period 5 29 September 2013 Water DBQ Between the time periods of 8000 BCE to 600 CE, ancient civilizations acquired various uses and meanings for water. For instance, technology, such as aqueducts and water systems, helped establish further advantages of the uses of water, which also encourages agriculture to thrive. In addition, water was also a necessary tool used in religion. Water was used largely in religion in that it was a source of mystical belief and a necessary tool for proper worship (doc 6, 8, 11). During this time period, every ancient civilization had its own religion or belief system, and each system or religion developed its own source of beliefs. For example, the Wadi Essiah believed that their “Well of Essences” was the source of all life (doc 6). It is said that one of their important religious figures, Yeshua, and his followers would have drunk water from the well, and its wine and fresh gardens produce created from its healing waters (doc 6). The Rid Veda appears appreciative to water because of its spiritual take on the importance of water to life stating that water is “the soul of the world” and it “provides us with vigor”, however it provides no additional information explaining exactly what the Rig Veda is, or what religion or belief these statements belong or relate to, thus making the Rig Veda a questionable source (doc 8). Nonetheless, clearly water was an important source of belief for several ancient civilizations. With religion, came the development of proper rituals and ceremonies for worship. In many ancient civilizations, water was used as a tool of proper worship. According to Surah, one must wash one’s entire body to prepare for prayer (doc 11). In Dang 2 this case, water was used to cleanse oneself of impurity before praying. In all cases, water was a source of some sort of belief; either it was the source of life (doc 6, 8) or cleanliness for worshipping (doc 11). Many new advances of technology in waterworks, such as aqueducts and water systems (pipes and fountains), used by the ancient societies, allowed them to use water to their advantage (doc 2, 5, 7). In Greece and Rome, aqueducts and intricate water systems were widely used. They had aqueducts that would bring water to the pipes which would bring water to baths and homes (doc 2). The water brought to the people allowed them to use it for cooking, bathing, cleaning, even irrigation for crops (doc 2, 5). Strabo appears admirable to and proud of the engineered waterworks of the Greeks because he calls the building of the pyramids “idle” and “useless” in comparison to the aqueducts and water pipes built by the Greeks and offers more explanation of how the water is brought to the houses of the people. However, since Strabo is a Greek himself, his view is, indeed, somewhat biased (doc 5). The Greeks and Romans were not the only ones to ...


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