A civilization (US) or civilisation (UK) is any complex society characterized by urban development, symbolic communication forms (typically, writing systems), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment by a cultural elite. Civilizations are intimately associated with and often further defined by other socio-politico-economic characteristics, including centralization, the domestication of both humans and other organisms, specialization of labor, culturally ingrained ideologies of progress and supremacism, monumental architecture, taxation, societal dependence upon farming as an agricultural practice, and expansionism.

Historically, a civilization was a so-called "advanced" culture in contrast to more supposedly primitive cultures. In this broad sense, a civilization contrasts with non-centralized tribal societies, including the cultures of nomadic pastoralists or hunter-gatherers. As an uncountable noun, civilization also refers to the process of a society developing into a centralized, urbanized, stratified structure.

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Forum celebrates Confucius' birthday, philosophy

China Daily 29 Sep 2020
We need to draw lessons from the wisdom of ancient civilizations," Kong Deli, a 77th generation descendant of Confucius, said at the ceremony ... The current world needs to learn from the profound wisdom of ancient civilizations to eliminate misunderstanding among different countries ......

Feature: China shares joy with world by streaming Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations online 29 Sep 2020
The difference this year is that the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations are being streamed online to give a chance to the Chinese nationals and the admirers of Chinese culture across the world to have a glimpse of the festival and share the joy with one of the most ancient civilizations of the world....

CDA plans to turn Saidpur Village into a tourist resort

The News International 28 Sep 2020
Islamabad . Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to take initiatives to convert capital’s recreational place Saidpur village into an attractive tourist resort ... He said that hundreds of tourists visit the village daily to enjoy a wide and varied spectrum of quaint buildings showcasing ancient civilizations ... ....

Charity fund to support digitization of grottoes

China Daily 28 Sep 2020
"The Buddhist temple grottoes were crucial landmarks along the ancient Silk Road marking communication among different civilizations," Zhao Shuguang, deputy director of the Shanxi Cultural Heritage Administration, said at Saturday's launch ceremony....

Forum on World Civilizations kicks off in Confucius' home province

China Daily 27 Sep 2020
East China's Shandong, the home province of Confucius, witnessed a coming together of minds to discuss how the wisdom of ancient civilizations sheds light into the course of building a community with a shared future for mankind at the sixth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, which kicked off at Nishan, Qufu on Sunday....

PM Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' address: Key points

The Times of India 27 Sep 2020
NEW DELHI. Prime Minister on Sunday addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme ''. History of stories is as ancient as the human civilization itself. 'Where there is a soul, there is a story'.... In India, there has been a rich tradition of storytelling ... Download ... India. ....

COVID-19 crisis brought families closer: PM Modi in 'Mann ki Baat'

DNA India 27 Sep 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the coronavirus crisis period has served as fostering bonding among the family members and brought them together ... "History of stories is as ancient as the human civilization itself. 'Where there is a soul, there is a story'.... In India, there has been a rich tradition of storytelling ... ....

CM Usman Buzdar approves setting up OPC in South Punjab

The News International 27 Sep 2020
Ag APP. LAHORE ... The meeting gave approval to establish the OPC in south Punjab ... The CM ordered for speedy disposal of pending cases of overseas Pakistanis ... Body ... The CM said that promotion of tourism provides employment opportunities for local people, adding that ancient and attractive civilizations of Pakistan attract local and foreign tourists ... ....

Why Rivers Need Trees

Yahoo Daily News 27 Sep 2020
If you ask me what rivers mean to me – they are the very origin of our Indian civilization. At the riverbanks of the Indus, Sutlej, and the ancient Saraswati River is where it all began. And around Krishna, Cauvery, and Godavari, the southern part of this civilization developed. These rivers and this land have nurtured us for thousands of years ... ....

Letter: Wells brings people together

Mountain Xpress 25 Sep 2020
The attraction of the candidacy of Terri Wells for county commissioner is that of a person who realizes our immediate goals must be the same as our long-view goals ... Terri has principles, which are ones of ancient goodness ... I have traveled the world widely and, in doing so, worked for several years in two countries known as ancient civilizations ... ....

‘Black Adam': Aldis Hodge in Talks to Play Hawkman in Dwayne Johnson Superhero Movie

The Wrap 25 Sep 2020
The clips, motion-comics created entirely using concept art, explain that millennia ago Black Adam was a citizen of an advanced ancient civilization chosen by the Council of Wizards — the same group whose last surviving member gave Billy Batson his powers in 2019’s “Shazam!” — to liberate his people from slavery....

Life Revealed in Death

The Pilot 25 Sep 2020
Do you know what a columbarium is? Sounds like some test performed by a gastroenterologist but no, I looked it up after reading the obits. A columbarium is a niche housing an urn filled with a loved one’s ashes ... Too many familiar names ... Nobody did death like the ancient Egyptians who recorded their civilization in hieroglyphics, on pyramid walls ... ....

"Is there no India below Vindhya mountains?" MPs write to President on certain exclusions from ...

DNA India 24 Sep 2020
Raising questions about the intentions, composition of the committee, the letter asked, “Isn’t India below Vindhya hill? Is there no civilization other than the Vedic Civilization? Is there no ancient language here than Sanskrit?”....

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