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DAOISM ORIGINS AND TEACHINGS
SHINTO ORIGINS AND RITUALS
The notion of wu wei is
no unnecessary action.
education and discipline.
Literally, Daodejing means
book of light and shadow.
Applying the notion of yin and yang, we could say that Daoism shows a special love for
allowing things to develop naturally.
creating a large corporation.
getting as many academic degrees as possible.
having many children and educating them carefully.
The most important image to be found in the Daodejing, the image that best expresses its ideals, is
“Divination” refers to
telling the future.
burying the dead.
naming holy people as saints.
offering sacrifice to gods.
Confucianism has been especially concerned about relationships
between human beings.
between human beings and animals.
In their view of human nature, the Confucianists
seem to be the most optimistic of the philosophical schools.
emphasize that people are rapacious and predatory, needing the strictest controls.
see human beings as needing their characters shaped by education.
see education as a pursuit that primarily develops human intellect.
In Shinto, white is often used because
it is associated with death and rebirth.
it invokes the presence of the kami.
it evokes fertility and new life.
it symbolizes cleanliness and purity.
The torii is
often used as a gateway to a sacred location.
a wand used by a Shinto priest for purification.
the name of a basin where one washes before prayer.
worn around the neck as a good-luck charm.
According to Shinto beliefs, human beings are
sinful and guilty.
distracted by ephemeral pleasures.
attached to individualism.