The Ten Commandments of the Medieval Code of ChivalryThou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions. Thou shalt defend the Church. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them. Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born. Thou shalt not recoil before the enemy. Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God. Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word. Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil. Samurai CreedI have no parents; I make the Heavens and the Earth my parents. I have no home; I make the Tan T’ien my home. I have no divine power; I make honesty my Divine Power. I have no means; I make Docility my means. I have no magic power; I make personality my Magic Power. I have neither life nor death; I make A Um my Life and Death.I have no body; I make Stoicism my Body. I have no eyes; I make The Flash of Lightening my eyes. I have no ears; I make Sensibility my Ears. I have no limbs; I make Promptitude my Limbs. I have no laws; I make Self-Protection my Laws. I have no strategy; I make the Right to Kill and the Right to Restore Life my Strategy. I have no designs; I make Seizing the Opportunity by the Forelock my Designs. I have no miracles; I make Righteous Laws my Miracle. I have no principles; I make Adaptability to all circumstances my Principle. I have no tactics; I make Emptiness and Fullness my Tactics.I have no talent; I make Ready Wit my Talent. I have no friends; I make my Mind my Friend. I have no enemy; I make Incautiousness my Enemy. I have no Armour; I make Benevolence my Armour. I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my Castle. I have no sword; I make No Mind my Sword.Laws of Ghenghis Khan1. An adulterer is to be put to death without any regard as to whether he is married or not. 2. Whoever is guilty of sodomy is also to be put to death. 3. Whoever intentionally lies, or practices sorcery, or spies upon the behaviour of others, or intervenes between the two parties in a quarrel to help the one against the other is also to be put to death. 4. Whoever urinates into water or ashes is also to be put to death. 5. Whoever takes goods (on credit) and becomes bankrupt, then again takes goods and again becomes bankrupt, then takes goods again and yet again becomes bankrupt is to be put to death after the third time. 6. Whoever gives food or clothing to a captive without the permission of his captor is to be put to death. 7. Whoever finds a runaway slave or captive and does not return him to the person to whom he belongs is to be put to death. 8. When an animal is to be eaten, its feet must be tied, its belly ripped open and its heart squeezed in the hand until the animal dies; then its meat may be eaten; but if anyone slaughter an animal after the Mohammedan fashion, he is to be himself slaughtered. 9. If in battle, during an attack or a retreat, anyone let fall his pack, or bow, or any luggage, the man behind him must alight and return the thing fallen to its owner; if he does not so alight and return the thing fallen, he is to be put to death. 10. Jenghiz Khan decided that no taxes or duties should be imposed … upon fakirs, readers of the Al-Koran, lawyers, physicians, scholars, people who devote themselves to prayer and asceticism, muezzins and those who wash the bodies of the dead. 11. He ordered that all religions were to be respected and that no preference was to be shown to any of them. All this he commanded in order that it might be agreeable to God. 12. He forbade his people to eat food offered by another until the one offering the food tasted of it himself, even though one be a prince and the other a captive; he forbade them to eat anything in the presence of another without having invited him to partake of the food; he forbade any man to eat more than his comrades, and to step over a fire on which food was being cooked or a dish from which people were eating. 13. When a wayfarer passes by people eating, he must alight and eat with them without asking for permission, and they must not forbid him this. 14. He forbade them to dip their hands into water and ordered them to use some vessel for the drawing of water. 15. He forbade them to wash their clothes until they were completely worn out. Upon reading the “Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry”, the “Sumurai’s Creed” and the “Laws of Genghis Kahn,” answer the following. Write in complete sentences/paragraphs.1. What do these codes of conduct have in common?2. How are they different?3. How are they similar to our modern systems of law?4. How do they differ from our modern systems of law?5. Finally, how do they specifically reflect the definition of Honor from the handout.
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