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Confucianism is a "code of conduct" by which to live, and it has had a tremendous impact on how the Chinese live their lives. Confucianism has greatly influenced the Chinese government, education, and attitudes toward correct personal behavior as well as the individual's duties to society. There is no church or clergy; no teaching of God or gods, or life after death in this belief system, and indeed Confucianism is actually a philosophy of life, not a Religion. Confucianism was an androcentric system in which women have no dignity or rights. According to Confucianism, women had to obey their fathers absolutely when they were not married, to obey their husbands absolutely after marriage and to obey their sons in their widowhood.
Confucius (551 B.C.-79 B.C.), founder of Confucianism, was born in today's Qufu, Shandong province. Confucianism is a way of life taught by Confucius in the 6th–5th century BC. Confucianism has dominated a feudal society that in essence has lasted 2000 years and for that reason its influence over the history, social structure and the people of China cannot be overlooked. Although Confucianism is a system of philosophy and humanism, it still features a few religious characteristics. Some views of Confucianism are also seen to be outdated and even erroneous today, although the mass of the philosophy is still abided by and very much applicable to modern society.

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