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The religions of southern and eastern asia

The Religions of Southern and Eastern Asia

Buddhism. Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, and the philosophy of Confucianism

SS7G12 b

Lets review first ss7g12a
Lets Review FirstSS7G12a

  • What is the difference between an ethnic group and religious group?

    Ethnic Groups share common cultural ideas and beliefs and has been a part of their community for generations

    Religious Groups share a belief system in a god or gods with specific set of rituals and literature


  • Originated in India and spread quickly

  • The 4th largest religion in the world

  • Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha or “enlightened one” after spending time pondering the ways of life

  • He traveled all over India to share his newfound enlightenment with others and developed a following devoted to his teachings

  • Buddhists do not believe in a god, but rather follow the teachings of Buddha

Basic ideas of buddhism
Basic Ideas of Buddhism

  • The four Noble Truths are the basic instructions of Buddhism that teach that suffering exists in the world and humans must reach the enlightenment of Buddha to rise above them

  • Tripitaka- - Holy Book of Buddha’s teachings

  • Buddhists do not worship a god but rather Buddha by thanking him for his teachings

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Basic Ideas of Buddhism

  • Nirvana is the ultimate goal of Buddhists- It is a state of enlightenment where one can have happiness and peace. It is often found through meditation

  • Buddhists believe in reincarnation, a cycle of birth and rebirth, where one’s present life determines what one becomes in the next life


  • Largely practiced in India where over 80% of Indians claim to be Hindu

  • Hinduism does not come from the teachings of one man. Hindus believe in many gods and goddesses who are images of a single god.

Basic ideas of hinduism
Basic Ideas of Hinduism

  • Each person’s karma, or good or bad behavior, determines his or her position in life

  • The ultimate goal of Hindus is to achieve moksha, which is freedom from the cycle of reincarnation.

  • There is not one text the Hindus consider sacred, rather there are many texts like the Vedas that teach Hindus proper behavior

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Basic Ideas of Hinduism

  • Hindus live by a caste system that divides people into classes


  • We have studied this already in great detail

  • It is a religion found in this region- Southern and Eastern Asia


  • A religion unique to Japan

  • Unlike other religions, it has not spread to other parts of the world

  • Based on a traditional Japanese teaching that everything in nature consists of kami, or the spirit of gods.

Basic ideas of shintoism
Basic Ideas of Shintoism

  • Shintoists are expected to be reverent to nature, life, and birth

  • Physical purity is more important than moral impurity

  • Many Shintoists build shrines and worship their ancestors who they believe became kami when they died

  • Since Shinto offers no ideas of moral code or one God, many people who practice Shinto also practice another religion such as Buddhism

Philosophy of confucianism
Philosophy of Confucianism

  • Is not a religion but a philosophy that is often said to be the foundation of modern Chinese culture.

  • Confucius- founder of the ideas of Confucianism

  • He believed he knew how to bring peace to ancient China

  • He created a moral structure for social life and politics that every person should follow


  • Confucianism is based on tradition and does not teach about one ruling God

Basic ideas of confucianism
Basic Ideas of Confucianism

  • Each person has a place in society and they must accept their positions so that society can function well

  • China’s rulers are to be respected by the people as long as they are fair and care for the people

  • Family relationships are essential to having a good society and family respect was the foundation of all ethics

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Basic Ideas of Confucianism

  • There are five basic types of relationships where one must understand their role of being superior or inferior. They are:

  • ruler and subject

  • father and son

  • husband and wife

  • older brother and younger brother

  • friend and friend