The topic of this week was Religions. Our respective lecture has explained different type religions and their rules and principles. There are many religions in the world such as Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism and so on. In this diary I would like to write about Confucianism religion.
Confucianism is very ancient religion that was founded in 6th-5th cent. BC in China. It is a way of life taught by Confucius. Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that neither denies nor slights Heaven. Confucianism has been followed by the Chinese for more than two epochs. It has deeply influenced spiritual and political life in China. Its influence has also extended to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
The terms “Confucianism“ and “Confucian,” derived from the Latinized Confucius, are not meaningful terms in Chinese. They are western terms, coined in Europe as recently as the 18th century. Confucius, the common name of Confucianism’s founder, is a Latinized form of the Chinese K’ung-fu-tzu, “Master K’ung.” Aside from its important ethical principles, Confucianism does not prescribe any specific rituals or practices. These are filled by the practices of Chinese religion, Taoism, Buddhism, or other religion which Confucians follow. It became an integral part of Chinese life and cultural heritage