Confucianism And Daoism Confucianism Is A Term Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Mythology - Religion Type: Essay Paper: #44115910 Related Topics: Taoism, Worship, Philosophy Of Religion, Chinese Philosophy
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Confucianism and Daoism


Confucianism is a term used to describe a philosophical system of beliefs based on the teachings of Confucius, whose birth name is Kong Qiu but went by the title Master Kong, Kongzi (Jensen, 2007). Confucius was a Chinese thinker who between 551-479 BCE. While Confucius did have disciples, Confucianism as a system of beliefs was not created until the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.E. before that era there was no organization in regards to his writing. According to Jensen (2007), Confucians were Chinese thinkers who admired and centered their lives on the Wujing, a collection of texts that originate from Western Zhou. It is believed that Confucius wrote those texts (Demerath, 2001).

Kongzi was a strong believer in rituals. One ritual is ancestor worship, which is the ceremonial communication and sacrifice to one's family member that passed away. It is a tradition that still observed to this day. The ritual is pervasive throughout all of East Asia. Daily worship typically requires a person to consistently strive to improve one's


Another form of worship is actively participating in the social hierarchy, in other words, family, community, and country. Confucians also utilize an ancient divination manual known as the Yijing. The Yijing is used to predict the future or the outcomes of present actions. It is used by millions of people even Westerners (Jensen, 2007).


Taoism is also referred to Daoism, Chinese religion associated with the teaching of Laozi (Lao Tzu) and his text the Daode jing. The text emphasizes on dao being a path or the correct way to behave. The Daode jing refers to an ancient mix that existed before "Heaven and Earth" which all creatures originated from (Fowler, 2007). The religion itself did not exist until the Way of Celestial Masters was created in 142 C.E. By Zhang Daoling basing the sect on the teachings of Laozi. Taoism is greatly influenced by the Shang dynasty religion. The Shang dynasty religion worshipped heavenly ancestors who were ruled by an emperor, Shangdi (Demerath, 2001). Sacrifices were made to the ancestors and divination rituals were practiced to communicate with the deceased. Practitioners would ask their ancestors for advice on all sorts of matter including war, politics, and other social issues.

There are two principal types of rituals: the first is funeral rites or regular rites to honor ancestors…

Sources Used in Documents:


Demerath, N.J. (2001). Crossing the gods: World religions and worldly politics.

New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.

Fowler, J.D. (2005). An introduction to the philosophy and religion of Taoism: Pathways to immortality. Portland, Ore: Sussex Academic Press.

Jensen, L.M. (1997). Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese traditions & universal civilization. Durham: Duke University Press.

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