What is Confucianism?

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Confucianism is a Chinese philosophy brought about by the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Confucianism is, at its basic level, humanism or the belief that humans are capable of learning, improving themselves, and becoming perfect through self exploration and cultivation. Confucianism is an ideology and does not include a belief in a personal god.  

During the Han Dynasty the Five Constants, or Wuchang, were developed by Confucian Scholars.

The five virtues are:
Rén (Humaneness)
Yì (Justice)
Lǐ (Manners)
Zhì (Wisdom)
Xìn (Integrity)

There are MANY other elements to Confucianism but Rén and Yì are considered the fundamental elements.

Countries influenced by Confucianism include but are not limited to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. The teachings of Confucianism still prevail today in these regions, but few actually call themselves Confucians in modern times.


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