Confucianism & Daoism

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Confucianism & Daoism Essay 1 (ASTD-150) During ancient China, it was mainly based on two types of traditional philosophies, Confucianism and Daoism. The religions and philosophies existed far before Buddhism which started to become known in China after the 1st AD, and then it became a significant aspect of Chinese Culture. Both Confucianism and Taoism began to spread to other countries of East Asia. Korean and Japanese Civilizations later adopted Confucianism as a model for governmental organization and fundamental direction towards the self and the world, and Daoist influence on those cultures can be seen in the form of Son/Zen Buddhism. Confucianism and Daoism still remain as the most permanent cultural systems of China today. Many people argue that Confucianism is not a religion and is more of ethical rules and moral philosophies. (Pg 31) The people of China seem to follow Confucianism and use it during their daily lives. Confucianism does not really have any theology behind it at all. It also avoids subjects such as what happens after death or any other worldly subjects. Confucius was born as a song of a minor official in a small state in Eastern China. (Pg 32) Confucius grew and served various local rulers as an adviser and teacher. Confucianism began after his death in 479 B.C.E. when his disciples began to write down and records his teachings. Confucius’s most obedient disciple, Mencius, lived with similar to the teachings of Buddhism and Jainism, Confucius and Mencius wanted to find a way to restore peace to their land and unity through individual mortality. Confucius’s teachings had great influence to the land of China and had a huge impact on behavior and belief. His teachings were far greater than any great religions that existed in China. Confucius’s teachings were not religious but were based more on common sense
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