Learn about Korea – Confucius & Korean Confucianism

It feels like almost every cultural behaviour in Korea can be traced back to the teachings of Confucius (孔丘 KÇ’ng QiÅ«). Confucius was a Chinese teacher and philosopher who lived 2’500 years ago and still has more influence on eastern Asian culture than anyone else claims to have.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasised personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. (Source: Wikipedia)

Biography of Confucius

Confucius was born as a son of Kong He (孔紇) who was an officer in the Lu military. Kong He had three daughters and one handicapped son with his wife. Later he fulfilled his wish of a healthy son with Confucius’ mother.
His philosophies differed from what has ben taught before him in China by emphasising the importance of education no matter of social class and wealth.

Korean Confucianism (Wikipedia: Korean Confucianism)

Confucianism found is way to Japan and Korea due to the influence of China throughout their history. The philosophies of Confucius have stood the test of time and are still a system of thought which most Koreans live after.
Confucianism still has a big influence in many areas of Korean life, like the relations within social structures like families and work environments. Most traditions like weddings, funeral and ancestral rituals still follow the rules of Confucius.

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