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Cao Dai versus Confucianism comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartCao DaiConfucianism
Place of worship Temple. Temple.
Place of origin Vietnam China
Founder Ngo Van Chieu. Kong Qiu (Confucius)
Use of statues and pictures Common. Permitted.
Practices Prayer, Veneration of ancestors, Nonviolence, and vegetarianism. Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en(God or Heaven), Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting
Scriptures 1)Prayers of the Heavenly and Earthly Way. 2)The Religious Constitution of Cao Daism. 3)The New Canonical Codes. 4)Compilation of Divine Messages. 5)Sermons of His Holiness, Ho Phap Pham Cong Tac. Analects of Confucius and Mencius; I Ching; Doctrine of Mean, etc.
Goal of religion To unite all the world religions into one religion. To have a structured society.
Literal Meaning God's Palace. Disciple of Confucius.
Principle All religions should become one world religion. Confucianism is all about the brotherhood of humanity.
Concept of Deity One God. Most believe in One God.
Clergy Priests, etc. Bureaucrats.
Belief of God One God. Ancestors are also worshipped. One God. Ancestors also worshipped, though.
Time of origin Early part of the 20'Th Century. Approx. 550 B.C.E.(Before Common Era)
Branches Tay Ninh Holy See, Chieu Minh, Ben Tre, Da Nang, etc. Han Confucianism; Neo Confucianism; Contemporary Confucianism; Japanese Confucianism; Korean Confucianism; Vietnamese Confucianism; Boston Confucianism.
Geographical distribution and predominance Vietnam, North America. Asia.
View of the Buddha Buddha is one of the religious figures revered in Cao Dai. Buddha is followed by many Confucians.
Holy days Hoi Yen Dieu Tri Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Concept of God Before God Existed, there was the concept of the Tao.God was Born from the Big Bang. One God.
View of other Dharmic religions Buddha is counted amongst Cao Dai's religious figures. Confucianists usually follow Buddhism, which is a Dharmic religion.
View of Oriental religions Confucius and Lao Tzu are also included amongst Cao Dai's religious figures. They also worship ancestors, & other spirits, in accordance with Oriental religious belief. Confucianists usually follow other Oriental religions too.
View of other Oriental religions Believes that all religions should unite as one religion. Usually follows other Oriental religions, especially Taoism.
Original Language(s) Vietnamese Mandarin or Cantonese
Views on other religion All religions should unite and become one. Sees no contraction in following more than one religion.
Holy days/Official Holidays Hoi Yen Dieo Tri Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Belief Figures from all religions. Confucianism is both a religion and a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses human conduct over belief in God.
Original Languages Vietnamese. Mandarin or Cantonese

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