the ethical teachings formulated by Confucius and introduced into Chinese religion, emphasizing devotion to parents, family, and friends, cultivation of the mind, self-control, and just social activity
Neither Taoism nor Confucianism, indeed, makes this claim.
Confucianism is an ethical rather than a religious system, and hence was able to co-exist, though not on very friendly terms, with Buddhism, which reached China about the 1st century A.D.
12 a religion,"Confucianism and Taoism, while the" heterodox (sic),"Buddhism especially, is" partly tolerated, but generally forbidden, and even cruelly persecuted "(Chantepie de la Saussaye, Religionsgeschichte, i.
Confucianism is the official cult, and all officials offer sacrifices and homage at stated seasons in the Confucian temples.
Where Chinese influence had full play it introduced Confucianism, a special style in art and the Chinese system of writing.