East Asian religions, also known as Taoist religions, refer to the religions and philosophies that are dominant in the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese regions and any other places near them. Taoism is the root of all these religions, teaching that nature is the greatest teacher and that everything has a flow and a way. Confucianism teaches that without education and social order there can be no religion, and the act of learning is the religious experience. Buddhism taught that craving, jealously, and gluttony will only bring chaos and that good deeds will bring a good life and a good next life.
China, 500 B.C.E, was quite advanced for the time, but although very advanced, war tore through the country, ruining social structure and the feudal system. During this time chaos was sweeping through the whole county when K'ung-fu-tzu or Confucianism was born. Confucius was raised in a poverty and war-stricken China. Through seeing the corrupt nature of the rich and powerful and living through challenging times, he pledged to teach peace, wisdom and social structure. Through his sadness as a child and adolescence he grew wiser and more determined. He believed that education was the building block of a good society and people would become better through learning. He went so far as to say that it was a divine right for every man and women to be educated (“Ancient Philosophies” 2). After his death his disciples combined his teachings with the basic text of many classical Chinese beliefs. That is why even today one cannot speak of Chinese culture without speaking of Confucius. He taught the importance of the family, human compassion, and moral behavior. Although deemed as a religion, Confucianism never troubled itself with the worship of ancestors, heaven or hell, but rather put the importance on the person being good with or without...
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