Universal or Ethnic? Why?
Ethical and Philosophical system. Important periods in Confucian tradition: birth, maturity, marriage, and death.
It is an Ethnic religion; rooted in China.
Mono or Poly?
Prophet or Founding Thinker
Confucius-Philosopher and teacher in the Chinese Province of Lu.
Major Beliefs & Sacred Text
- Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette, etc.
- Hsiao: love among family members
- Yi: righteousness
- Xin: honesty and trustworthiness
- Jen: benevolence towards others; the highest Confucian virtue
Sacred text: The Confucian Analects (and other writings by Confucius)
Calendar & Symbol
There is no Confucian calendar.
Confucianism is an ethnic religion and has not diffused outside of China, and is strongly rooted in Chinese traditions and values.
None, but the Confucius temple in Qufu, China is the place for offering sacrifices to Confucius.
Architecture (include Illustration)
Confucian shrine: designed to serve as a place of worship and learning for the Chinese community and housed a Confucian sanctuary and primary school.