Molloy 's Six Influential Chinese Traditions Essay

732 Words May 2nd, 2016 3 Pages
What six traditional Chinese beliefs and practices does Molloy specifically identify as having played a part in both Taoism and Confucianism? Describe each of these six briefly. Which do you think were probably most compatible with Buddhism? Why?

Molloy’s Six Influential Chinese Traditions/Beliefs:

Spirits- Ancient Chinese culture embodied spirits as being present in every circumstance of nature and the human world. Good spirits brought positive items to life. Bad spirits brought negative items to life. Rituals and sacrifices helped restore harmony.
Tian- Traditionally translated as “Heaven,” it is visualized as a remote spiritual entity that administers activities on earth and has a duty to identify what is right and what is wrong.
Veneration of Ancestors- This principle is the source of the development of Confucianism. They believed that their dead ancestors became spirits that needed to be appeased to have positive influences on living loved ones.
Seeing Patterns in Nature- A foundation of Daoism. In times when Chinese were coping to endure life, they understood that they could not manipulate the environment regarding natural order of weather seasons, natural disasters, etc. To cope with the uncontrollable natural order, they identified patterns and understood how to work with in the confines of the natural order.
Yang and Yin- The Chinese believed that the world is made of contrasting views but complementary: bright and gloomy, morning and evening, burn and freeze,…

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