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Confucianism versus Shinto comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartConfucianismShinto
Place of worship Temple. Shrines.
Place of origin China Japan
Practices Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en(God or Heaven), Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting Visit to shrines to pay homage to Shinto deities; Shamanism, etc.
Use of statues and pictures Permitted. Permitted.
Life after death To be worshipped as ancestors. Yomi
Belief of God One God. Ancestors also worshipped, though. Numerous deities.
Goal of religion To have a structured society. To serve the Shinto deities, or Kami, as they are known.
Clergy Bureaucrats. Priests, miko, etc.
Literal Meaning Disciple of Confucius. The Way of the gods.
Founder Kong Qiu (Confucius) No founder.
Scriptures Analects of Confucius and Mencius; I Ching; Doctrine of Mean, etc. Kojiki, Nihon Shoki
View of the Buddha Buddha is followed by many Confucians. Buddha is followed by many Shintoists.
Concept of Deity Most believe in One God. Numerous deities. The sun is one of the most important ones(they believe that the sun is a goddess).
Status of women Socially inferior to men. Women may become priestesses. But are still seen as less than men
Original Language(s) Mandarin or Cantonese Japanese
Belief Confucianism is both a religion and a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses human conduct over belief in God. Shinto is both a religion and way of life of Japan. Numerous kami (gods/goddesses/spirits).
Geographical distribution and predominance Asia. Shinto has influenced Japan for several millenia, with the height appearing before World War 2
Concept of God One God. Numerous deities.
Followers Confucianists Shintoists.
View of Oriental religions Confucianists usually follow other Oriental religions too. Although Shinto became organized, in order to prevent being overtaken by Buddhism or any other religion, it sees no contradiction in belonging to any other religion.
Principle Confucianism is all about the brotherhood of humanity. The essence of Shinto is the Japanese devotion to invisible spiritual beings and powers called kami, to shrines, and to various rituals.
Original Languages Mandarin or Cantonese Japanese.
Time of origin Approx. 550 B.C.E.(Before Common Era) Approx. 700 B.C.
Holy days/Official Holidays Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day. The Japanese national holidays, as well as local shrine festivals (matsuri).
Views on Other Religions Confucianists see no contradiction in following more than one religion. Shintoists usually follow Buddhism or another religion too.
Can atheists partake in this religion's practices? Yes. No.
Offshoot religions Cao Dai. Tenrikyo, other Japanese sects.
Branches Han Confucianism; Neo Confucianism; Contemporary Confucianism; Japanese Confucianism; Korean Confucianism; Vietnamese Confucianism; Boston Confucianism. State Shinto, Religious Shinto, and Folk Shinto.
Use of statues, images Permitted. Permitted.
Virtue(s) in which religion is based upon Respect Cleanliness/ Purity, Respect.

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