Similarities Between Ancient China And Confucianism

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During ancient China, there were two main religions. These two religions consisted of Confucianism and Taoism. Both of these religions in no way completely agree with the other. However, people believed in one or the other or sometimes elements of both. Both of the religions were important to China. The reason why there were two belief systems was because each religion presents one side of the Chinese mind. Whenever one religion started to go too far in their beliefs, the other religion balanced it out. This in a way helped keep the beliefs neutral to one another. The religion of Taoism satisfied the Chinese people because it gave them an imagination. Another reason as to why Taoism was believed was because it unlike Confucianism talked about nature. On the downside Taoism however did not talk about the government which Confucianism did. The Confucianism beliefs on government were understood by the Chinese people. There wasn’t many other religions in China at this time that had a belief on how the government should be. Because of that, the Chinese people didn't have a lot of choices on the matter of what to believe about the government. This factor was extremely influential throughout China. In this essay I…show more content…
(Oxford English Dictionary, 2010) The founder of Confucianism was Kong Qiu, was born around 552BC in the Lu state of China. His teachings, focused on creating ethical models of family and public interaction, and setting educational standards. He died in 479 B.C. Confucianism later became the official imperial philosophy of China, and was extremely influential during the Han, Tang and Song dynasties. (Confucius Biography, 2015) His name was later latinised by 16th century Jesuit missionaries in China to Confucius based on the honorific title Kong

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