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Confucianism The religion of Confucianism is and interesting and unique religion The various parts of this belief system deal more with humanity than with deities or supernatural occurrences It is this fact that leads many to believe that Confucianism is more a philosophy or way of life than a religion There are however various ceremonies and beliefs that those who follow Confucianism observe In short Confucianism has had more impact on the lives of the Chinese than any other single religion Confucius was born in the province of Lu now known as Shantung in 551 BC the youngest of eleven children in the period of Chinas history when the nation was divided into feudal states Confucius saw the time in which he lived as a low point in Chinas history so he set out to teach his philosophy in an effort of improving his society He was born into a noble class but his family had been stripped of its nobility by the time he was born By the age of 21 he had been so well educated that he already had disciples and by 22 he had opened a school He became known later in life as Kung Fu Tzu which was later Latinized in the west as Confucius meaning Great Master Kung for his teaching It is known that he had a wife a son and a daughter and that he held a few governmental offices The teachings of Confucius were to lead people to achieve a status known as Chun Tzu or superior man to become Chun Tzu you must reach a perfect balance and awareness in political and social situations In the time of Confucius only the aristocracy was educated which meant that the Chun Tzu was exclusively the wealthy however he devoted his life to teaching everyone regardless of their financial standing provided they were intelligent enough to learn his teachings Confucius did not make his teachings easy he
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