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Confucianism. The Master said, “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” - The Analects of Confucius, Book 2. The Facts. Place of origin : China Founded : 551 BCE by K’ung Fu Tzu better known as (Confucius).

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The Master said, “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”- The Analects of Confucius, Book 2

the facts

The Facts

Place of origin: ChinaFounded: 551 BCE by K’ung Fu Tzubetter known as (Confucius)


Born as K’ung Fu Tzu in 551 BCE in the state of Lu

His teachings deal primarily with individual morality and ethics

At the age of 50 he was appointed magistrate of the town of Chung-Tu

Died 4709 BCE


Born in 371 BCE

Believed in the major concept of “jen” (virtue) in realtionships

Believed wise people were the products of hard work

Believed the companion of wisdom is joy

the five virtues
The Five Virtues
  • jen – goodwill, sympathy, politeness, generosity
  • yi – righteousness
  • li – right conduct, inner attitude reflecting to the outer attitude
  • chih – wisdom
  • hsin – faithfulness, trustworthiness
the five relationships
The Five Relationships
  • Father/son
  • Ruler/citizen
  • Husband/wife
  • Older brother/younger brother
  • Friend/friend
practices rituals cermonies
Practices, Rituals & Cermonies
  • Birth- the T’ai shen (spirit of the fetus) protects the expectant woman and deals harshly with anyone who harasses the mother to be
  • Marriage- performed in 6 stages1. Proposal2. Engagement3. Dowry4. Procession5. Marriage & Reception6. Morning After
Death- relatives cry out loud to inform the neighbours - corpse washed and placed in coffin with food and significant objects- funeral procession- carry a willow branch to represent the soul of the person who has died- liturgies are performed on the 7th, 9th, 49th day after the burial and on the 1st and 3rd anniversaries of the death

= total harmony

6 000 000 confucians in the world
6,000,000 Confucians in the WORLD
  • 26,000 in North America
  • The rest in China and other parts of Asia

1.What is the Religion called?

  • Confucianism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • It’s not a religion


2. What are three virtues?

  • Li, Xin, Jen
  • Jen, Tango, Christie
  • Xin, Tai Shen, Yi
  • Hsiao, Singi, Fugi

ANSWER: Li, Xin, Jen

3. What is the order of the last three steps of marriage?
  • Procession, Marriage & Reception, Morning after
  • Dowry, engagement, morning after
  • Marriage & Reception, dowry, morning after
  • Dowry, procession, morning after, proposal

ANSWER: Procession, Marriage & Reception, Morning after

1. Who was the main leader of Confucianism?

  • Jen
  • Confucius
  • Aliamy
  • Shantung


2. What are two practices?
  • Birth, reaching maturity
  • Death, swimming
  • Birth, working out
  • All of the above

ANSWER: Birth, reaching maturity

3. Spell Confucius in Chinese


Where was Confucius born?
  • Canada
  • China
  • He was never born
  • Heaven


2. What is “the Jen”

  • Social virtue
  • My friend
  • A girl
  • The golden rule


3. What does this symbol mean:
  • Love, happiness
  • Peace to all men
  • Total harmony
  • Division of good and evil