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RELIGST 2QQ3 Lecture Notes - Laozi, Oracle Bone, Yuntang


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RELIGST 2QQ3
Professor
Robin K Cameron

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East Asian Religions
Early religious thought in China: HeavenHuman Earth
The inseparability of religion and culture
The syncretism or combination of religions
The people adhere to more than one religions, and yet some of them might
not be very “religious”
Examples: Confucianism, Taoism (Daoism), Yin-tang school, Chinese
Buddhism
“religions”? “philosophies”? “ways of life”?
Neolethic period (beginning the late fourth millennium BCE): Neolethic
Burials, Goddess worship, Believed in an afterlife
Shang—Zhou—Chu—Xia
oOracle bones & divination
oHuman Sacrifice
oRole of Shamans – Kings as Shamans; “mandate of heaven”, different
from the Japanese belief
oHeavenly Deities, Natural Deities, Ancestral spirits, Sage Kings
Five Emperors:
oYellow Emperor
oChuan-hsu
oYao
oShun
oYu
Geomacy –feng shui – Five directions, Specific colours, elements and
signifiers
Confucius – Kong tzu
oAnalects –conversations with his disciples
oThe virtue of humaneness: a doctrine of reciprocity and
neighbourliness as the ideal of the moral character of human
relationships.
o“Never do to others what you would like them to do to you”
oFive relationships, each with its norms and duties:
Ruler and minister,
Father and son,
Husband and wife,
Elder and younger brother,
Friend and friend
oThe ideal of “ren”: goodness, benevolence, humanity, human-
heartedness
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