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religions and philosophies

A Daoist statue in Beijing, China. (ulrichsson/flickr)
Daoism has folk roots in China but was popularized by the Laozi in the 5th century BCE. more
Statue of Confucius in Yueyang, China which sits on the shore of the Dongting Lake. (Steve Webel/flickr)
Confucius Says
Analects of Confucius (论语) are a record conversations between Confucius and his disciples. more
A statue of Confucius, located in Hunan, China on the shore of the Dongting Lake. (robweb/flickr)
A short introduction to Confucius and Confucianism. more
The Research Institution of Confucianism in China. (kanegen/flickr)
An essay on Confucianism: its roots, premise, impact on society over time and modern incarnations. more
Confucius portait by Wu Daozi, 685-758, Tang Dynasty
Chinese Religions and Philosophies
An introduction to the religions and philosophies that have helped shape China's history and identity. more
The Kinkaku-ji Temple (aka the Golden Temple) in Kyoto, Japan. (Stephane D'Alu)
Buddhism in Japan
A short history of Buddhism, with special focus on its introduction and development in Japan. more
Buddhism Mass in Ghost Festival in Guanghua Temple, China.
Buddhism in China
A short introduction to Buddhism in China. more
Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Sufi saint during Mughal Empire, in Uttar Pradesh, India
Belief Systems Along the Silk Road
How religions and philosophies spread throughout the Silk Road over the centuries. more
Monks going down to their rooms after evening worship at Haeinsa. (joonghijung/Flickr)
Korean Belief Systems
Quotes from Christian, Buddhist, and Confucian text offer a comparative look at Korean religious and philosophical belief systems. more
A common belief during the Shang and Zhou Dynasties was  that every family traced its origin to Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), the mythological progenitor of the Han people.
Religion and World View in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties
A look at Chinese traditions of ancestral rites and divination. more