Confucianism, also known as ruism, is described as tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life.
Religions & beliefs in china china has been a multi-religion country since the ancient times it is well known that confucianism is an indigenous religion and is the soul of chinese culture, which enjoyed popular support among people and even became the guiding ideology for feudalism society, but it did not develop into a national belief. Mary evelyn tucker, visiting scholar at the graduate theological union, teaches courses in world religions, asian religions, and religion and ecology she received her phd from columbia university in the history of religions, specializing in confucianism in japan. Origin of confucianism confucianism is an ancient religion that originated from the hundred schools of thought which was from the teachings of the chinese philosopher confucius it encourages a particular social order, respect for the elderly, the respect and elevation of teachers, and the overall good of the community.
Some say confucianism is not a religion, since there are no confucian deities and no teachings about the afterlife confucius himself was a staunch supporter of ritual, however, and for many centuries there were state rituals associated with confucianism. The origins of confucianism to ignore the mysteries of life is the price confucius had to pay to focus his energy on this world it is often claimed that there is a lack of imagination in confucianism, that it is a philosophy reluctant to imagine the new, to embrace changes and innovations the confucian indifference to the big mysteries, whether cause or effect of the lack of imagination.
Religions contain some philosophy and confucianism was originally formed around religious ideas and ways of living a better life it just never reached the level,of say, buddhism, with statues, temples and the like.
Confucianism is often characterized as a system of social and ethical philosophy rather than a religion in fact, confucianism built on an ancient religious foundation to establish the social values, institutions, and transcendent ideals of traditional chinese society. Confucianism is more of a philosophical and ethical system of beliefs than it is a religion adhering to tenets of confucianism requires followers to adhere to specific rules and rituals based on societal hierarchy as they interact with others.
The influence of confucianism has been significant in political thought and institutions, social relationships and ritual exchange, educational philosophy and moral teaching, cultural attitudes, and historical interpretation.
It is well known that confucianism is an indigenous religion and is the soul of chinese culture, which enjoyed popular support among people and even became the guiding ideology for feudalism society, but it did not develop into a national belief. Confucianism (rujiao) is a way of life taught by confucius (kong fuzi) in china in the 6th-5th century bce and the rituals and traditions associated with him sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that is compatible with other forms of religion.