RLGA01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Confucianism, Four Books And Five Classics, World View

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3 Feb 2013
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Religion Lecture 8 (East Asian Religions)
Early religious thought in China:
heaven : the sky, what is above us-nature
human:
earth: what standing on-nature
moral standards are on a decline this is presented by weather/nature
the king of the people is the son of heaven
emperor not behaving well, another reason the chinese would explain about
disasters
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"
confucianism
taoism (Daoism)
yin-yang school-negative and positive elements.
chinese buddhism
"religions? " "philosophies"? "ways of life"?
Neolethic burials:
neolethic period (beginning the late fourth millennium BCE)
Goddess worship
Believed in an afterlife
Shang-Zhou-Chu-Xia
oracle boens and divination
human sacrifice
role of shamans (king as shamans; "mandate of heaven",different from the
japanese belief)
heavenly deities
natural deities
ancestral spirits
sage kings
Five emperors:
Yellow emperor
Chuan-hsu
Yao
Shun
Yu
Geomancy-feng shui
five directions
specific colours,elements and signifiers
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