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Confucianism, despite its religious characteristics, is a non-theistic humanistic philosophy that was founded in China by a famous philosopher named Confucious in 551 BCE.  It began as an ethical-sociopolitical ideology that was updated during the Han Dynasty to officially include some cosmological and metaphysical superstitious ideals as part of the nation's official ideology.

Deities:   Supernatural agents:   Beliefs:   Traditions:
  • None
  • Ancestral spirits
  • Meritocracy
  • Equality between women and men
  • Ancestor worship
  • Sacrifice
  • Social harmony
  • Five fundamental virtues
    • Humaneness
    • Justice
    • Propriety and etiquette
    • Knowledge
    • Integrity
  • Four classical virtues
    • Loyalty
    • Filial piety
    • Continency
    • Righteousness
  • Additional virtues
    • Honesty
    • Forgiveness
    • Being kind
    • Cleanliness
    • Judging right/wrong through a sense of shame
    • Bravery
    • Gentleness
    • Respectfulness
    • Frugality
    • Modesty
    • Altruism

 
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