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Confucianism versus Voodoo comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartConfucianismVoodoo
Place of worship Temple. Altars, temples.
Place of origin China Benin.
Practices Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en(God or Heaven), Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting Witchcraft; Prayer, Devotion, Invocation, Healing, varies from good to evil(Blessings, curses, etc.)
Founder Kong Qiu (Confucius) No founder.
Life after death To be worshipped as ancestors. Vilokan is home to the lwa and the deceased. Described as a submerged and forested island, also belief in reincarnation, Life is continuous,
Use of statues and pictures Permitted. Encouraged and Permitted.
Goal of religion To have a structured society. To honor God and the lwas (Saints) and honor and celebration of life.
Literal Meaning Disciple of Confucius. 'Spirit.' or "Sacred" - Fon Language
Clergy Bureaucrats. Hougans(priests), Mambos (priestesses), Bokors, witch doctors, etc.
Belief of God One God. Ancestors also worshipped, though. Numerous deities, ruled by a major deity.
Status of women Socially inferior to men. Women are High Priestesses (or mambos). The highest form of clergy, To maintain the relationship between the community and the spirits.
Concept of Deity Most believe in One God. Numerous deities; Bondye is chief deity (God). All deities are a reflection of a male and female aspect and belief that the gods are real personas.
Time of origin Approx. 550 B.C.E.(Before Common Era) Vodun has its roots in the West African religions of the Yoruba, Ewe, Fon, etc. In the modern day, kinship between the African diaspora faiths is often recognized. Vodun itself originated sometime after the arrival of African slaves in the Carribean.
View of the Buddha Buddha is followed by many Confucians. N/A.
Geographical distribution and predominance Asia. Africa (Benin, Nigeria, and other west african states), the Caribbean (Haiti and Cuba, primarily), the Southern United States.
Holy days Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day. Holy days often related to Catholic saint feasts.
Branches Han Confucianism; Neo Confucianism; Contemporary Confucianism; Japanese Confucianism; Korean Confucianism; Vietnamese Confucianism; Boston Confucianism. Major branches include Haitian, Louisianian, and African forms. These forms are distinct, but closely related and generally mutually recognize eachother. Practitioners sometimes belong to more than one branch.
Views on other religion Sees no contraction in following more than one religion. They see no contradiction in following more than one religion(usually Christianity).
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. God (Bondye), The Lwa's, Angels, Spirits of ancestors, animals, natural forces, and the spirits of good and evil.
View of Oriental religions Confucianists usually follow other Oriental religions too. Voodooists see no contradiction in following more than one religion.
Concept of God One God. Omnipresent Creator (Bondye)

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