Chinese Art And Confucianism

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For thousands of years, the use of art through paintings, drawings, pictures, photographs have been used in religions for many purposes. Religious groups and sects have used art to protest, idealize, and tell stories about their religion. They have used art to express their beliefs and thoughts to the world. According to the dictionary, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. This emotional power inserted on each piece of art was meant to inspire and teach each believer about their religion. We can see this in different religions such as the Chinese religion, Confucianism. Confucianism believes in the adoration of the ancestors and diverse powers being the greatest of all the heavens, the lord from above. People in Confucianism must understand that the ancestors and the cosmos, determine their life and existence and therefore they must maintain a good harmony. This is achieved through study and meditation to self-perfect. Therefore, like other religions, Confucianism through art represents their beliefs. Each work of art seeks that when observed can convey the idea and concept of the artist who will always seek inspiration from his beliefs.

Confucianism has been a predominant school of thought in China for ages and is a cornerstone of Chinese culture. Its influence on human relationships and ethical
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