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Religions of the world:

Confucianism: a world religion founded
by
K'ung Fu Tzu (a.k.a. Confucius)

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Overview:

Confucianism is an Eastern religion/philosophy. Although it is more accurately referred to as a philosophy, books on world religions inevitably include it with other religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism.

It originated in China but has spread to Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Most people who adhere to the teachings of Confucius follow Chinese traditional religion, which is a blending of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and traditional local practices and beliefs.

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bullet History. Numbers of followers. Symbols
 
bulletBeliefs, teachings, and relationships
 
bulletPractices, schools, and sacred texts

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Helpful books:

bulletH.G. Creel, "Confucius and the Chinese Way", Harper, New York
bulletP.J. Ivanhoe, "Confucian Moral Self Cultivation", Peter Lang, New York (1993).
bulletJ.R. Hinnells, "The Penguin Dictionary of Religions", Penguin Books, New York (1984), P. 94-96
bulletJ.R. Hinnells, "A Handbook of Living Religions", Penguin Books, New York (1985), P. 344-364
bulletJudith Berling, "Confucianism," FaithCentral, at: http://www.faithcentral.net.nz/
bullet"Confucius: K'ung-fu-tzu or Kongfuzi," at: http://www.friesian.com/
bulletThe Confucius Publishing Company has published the full text of the Lun Yu (499 sayings) and other quotations from Confucius. See: http://www.confucius.org/
bulletKeith Ammann, "Confucius" at: http://www.cifnet.com/
bulletCharles Muller, trans., "The Analects of Confucius," at: http://www.human.toyogakuen-u.ac.jp/
bulletRichard Hooker, "Chinese Philosophy: Confucius," at: http://www.wsu.edu

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