Confucianism By: CAROLINE PERROT

Confucianism is an ethic religion practiced within China. Its founder Confucius (formerly known as Kong Qui) was born in 551 BCE in what is now modern day Qufu China. During his lifetime Confucius witnessed the deterioration of tradition Chinese principles and sought to correct them through his philosophy. Others prior to his birth had tried to strength the Chinese principles with their own philosophies, Confucious used these other philosophies and added them to his own creating the Analetects which would form the basis for Confucianism founded in 500 BCE.

In its formative years Confucianism spread by hierarchical diffusion through the leaders with the Chinese empire along with relocation diffusion after Confucius' students began to relocate across China, eventually spreading to parts of Korea and Japan

There are five basic beliefs within Confucianism. One belfief that is still upheld within modern times is the emphasis on manners and politeness. and education. Along with the respect of the elders there is a teaching that one should worship answers in order to ascertain their guidance. The belief that humans are inherently good also plays a key role within the philosophy. Confucius placed all of his philosophies within five texts "The Book of History" "The Book of Rites" "The Book of Changes" "The Book of Poetry" and "Spring and Autumn Annals". Symbols associated with Confucianism include the Chinese writing symbol for water and scholar, and despite not having a direct correlation to confucianism the yin yang symbol is commonly associated with the set of philosophies. Confucianism is commonly practiced at home or within holy temple in the presence of inscence burnning, in the following images a temples are shown.

There are no specifc holy or sacred places within Confucianism. Many followers consider the human journey of life to be sacred. Certain followers consider Mount Tai in the Shandong Providnce, Confucuis' birthplace, certain temples and institutes in commemoration of of Confucius, as well as the family home.

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