Confucianism began around the 400s b.c. and currently has about 6.3 million followers worldwide. The founder of Confucianism, Confucius, was born in 551 b.c. but he never had enough power to put his ideas to practice. So after his death, his students began spreading the things that they had learned from him. They collected most of these teachings in a book called the Analects.
The symbol below is called the yin-and-yang. It represents opposite forces in the world working together. Yin represents the things that are dark, cold and mysterious in the world . While Yang represents all things that are clear, bright, and warm.
Though Confucianism has influenced the spiritual beliefs that people may have, it is not considered a religion. This means that there are no Gods and no place of worship.
However, the followers of Confucius did have many beliefs from his teachings. They believe that in order to have a well ordered society children should show respect to their parents and elders and that for the well-being of individuals and and society, education is important. Last but most definitely not least, they believe that social order, harmony, and good government should be based on the strength of a person’s family relationships.