Far East Religions

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We describe as Far East Religions to those which were created by Eastern Asia cultures, the majority of them follow the “tao” doctrine (which means “path”).

Almost all the Far east religions are Polytheist or Non-theist, and to be considered as a mayor religion, it must have at least 500 million followers around the world. The three mayor traditions in eastern Asia are: Taoism, Confucianism and Shintoism; because the Buddhism, because of its several “tao” features, is considered into the Taoism.

  • Taoism (Lao Tse): Philosophic life style, it comes from the “absolute and morphable unity” concept.
  • Confucianism (Confucius) : is the join of moral and religious doctrines, it is ruled by “The Four Books”, main Chinese religion, their followers see the cosmos as the ruler of nature and harmony.
  • Shintoism: Is the belief in the “kamis” (nature spirits), it comes from the word “Shinto” that means to venerate all sky and earth deities, is the main Japanese religion.

Vocabulary:

  • Doctrine: A belief/beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or another group.
  • Polytheist: The belief in/worship of more than one god.
  • Several: More than two but not many.
  • Deity: God, goddess, divine status.

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Questionnaire:

  • Name and explain the 3 mayor Far East religions.

Session 6

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Rodrigo Valdés Uhthoff from Santa Fe Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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