Honer And Shame

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Ben DeMay History 121 The idea of honor and shame have been an important part of shaping societies throughout history. The idea of honor and shame is what regulated early civilizations. In Babylon, in the first half of the 1700's B.C.E. the ruler Hammurabi instilled a list of codes for people to live by, and the Masai warriors of Africa live their lives based on honor and shame, and use those principles to become men, and in the medieval times, knights expressed a code of honor and shame called chivalry. Each one of these sets of beliefs and guidelines helped form the society into a well working one. King Hammurabi, ruler of Babylon in the late 1700's B.C.E. Instituted a series of rules for his subjects to live by. His code of standards is still intact today, even being carried off as a spoil of war to Persia. The tablet that it was inscribed on depicted a God handing the code to Hammurabi himself. The code covered topics that ranged from property laws all the way to personal injury. It was these laws that governed the city of Babylon and helped settle disputes between citizens. Although many of the punishments seem harsh, they were fair at the time the code was used. Several of the laws, if broken, resulted in death to the person. But the laws themselves helped make sure honor was instilled, and shame was felt by those who did wrong. Although the laws were instilled at a very early time in human history, they still helped show the difference between honor and shame, and helped people live their lives doing the right thing. During the medieval times, members of the aristocracy began living their lives according to chivalrous ideals. At the base of chivalry was the idea of honor and shame. Chivalry instituted social norms for the knights to live by. This code let disputes be settled in a manner that would satisfy both parties. Games like jousting and melee

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