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Origin of Confucianism


Confucius started the religion. He is philosopher who was born in 551 B.C. in Zuo, Lu state. He wrote a code of behavior based on morality. Confucius taught this through 6 books he wrote known as “Poetry, Documents, Rites, [and] Music Changed the Annals of Spring and Autumn” or “诗书礼乐易春秋”. After Confucius died, his adherents along with other philosophers spread his beliefs across China.

Basic Religious Beliefs

They believe in Confucius’s teachings.

-The Golden rule put basically is "You to have respect others as you would yourself"

-Confucians also believe in Yin Yang, which is concept that symbolizes that there are opposing forces in the world that balance each other out and create harmony.

A few of the things they believe in:


-The most important relationships:


*Elder brother-Younger Brother




-Staying within your social class

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Confucianism is a Ethnic religion because it is practiced almost exclusively in China. Confucianism has diffused to other parts of Asia (Such as Korea and Vietnam) after Confucius died, but still remains dominant in China.


The only branch of Confucianism is Neo-Confucianism from the Song Dynasty. This branch contains elements of Buddhism and Daoism with traditional Confucianism. The 2 branches (The other being Traditional Confucianism) differ slightly, one trait being Neo-Confucianism has a spiritual world and Traditional Confucianism doesn't.

Geographic Distribution


Begins in China, spreads to Korea, Japan, & Vietnam. it diffused by relocation diffusion. The religion began in china in 551-479 B.C. Confucianism started to really spread after it’s creator, Confucius died. It was slowly adopted from east Asia to Vietnam and then through Korea and Japan, where they became state philosophies.

Holy Places

This would include anything from monuments to Confucius to locations of his scrolls. But, Confucianism is really a set of beliefs, so they don't really pray to a god or anything like that or have a 'Holy place' per say . This is why in most cases you'll find that some people have another religion that goes with Confucianism. The most common pairing though is Buddhism and Confucianism.

Where it is Practiced

Confucianism is practiced in China, Korea, Parts of Japan, and most of Vietnam

Number of Followers

An estimated amount of 6 million people practice Confucianism.

Map of the Distribution of Followers

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Unique Features

Key Figures

Holy Texts

The Thirteen Classics (十三经)
  • Classic of Poetry
  • Book of documents
  • Rites of Zhou
  • Etiquette and Rites
  • Classic of Rites
  • Classic of Changes
  • The Commentary of Zuo
  • The Commentary of Gongyang
  • The Commentary of Guliang
  • The Analects
  • Luxuriant and Refined Words
  • The Classic of Filial Piety
  • The Mencius
Three Commentaries
A series of works that annotate “Spring and Autumn Annals”
  • The Commentary of Zuo
  • The Commentary of Gongyang
  • The Commentary of Guliang
The Five classics
The basis of confucian studies
  • All of theses books were either written or edited by confucius himself
  • Classic of Poetry
  • Book of Documents
  • Book of Rites
  • Classic of Changes
  • Spring and Autumn Annals
The Four Books
Illustrates the confucianism core values and belief system
  • Great Learning
  • Doctrine of the Mean
  • Analects
  • Mencius
  • Classic of Music
  • Han Kitab
  • Interactions Between Heaven and Mankind
  • Old Texts
  • The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars

Religious Symbol

The symbol of Confucianism is meant to represent harmony and righteousness in your life and with others.

Place of Worship

In Confucius's religion, the only places of worship are going to be shrines. This is because Confucians believe in praying to there deceased ancestors.
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This is a shrine dedicated specifically to Confucius that was built by Chinese residents.

Impact on Social and Family Structures

Confucians vales family and obedience to elders as well as the acceptance of hierarchy. Confucians are expected to respect those above them and respect that they have seniority over those who are younger. Confucians are also expected to stay within their social class.

The video below is very good and informative!


Impact on Cultural Beliefs and Expectations

The video below discusses how the Confucian belief has effected Culture such as "Ancestor Worship."
Basic Chinese in 1 minute (P5) Confucius 孔子

Essential Question:

How has Confucianism Impacted China?


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Dilan Samarasuriya

Rachel Buigas-Lopez

John Kalu