Quiz 3 Confucius - RELIGION 1000 QUIZ 3 1 How does...

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RELIGION 1000QUIZ 31.How does the "concrete" nature of traditional Chinese religion play out with respect to personal and religious identity, the role of gods, spirits, and ancestors, divination practices such as feng shui, and the role of priests? a.Personal Identityi.Everything has a concrete orientationii.Isn't constructed out of internal thingsiii.If I were to explain who I am, i have to have concrete things to tellthem-- I am someone's son, I am someone's employee, I am someone's father, I am someone's friend, I am someone's enemyb.Religious Identityi.Also has a concrete aspectii.Religious identity is constructed on the basis of syncretism1.A syncreticapproach to religion says you draw from different religions (sources) as needediii.Three Teachings (go to these teachings when needed):1.Buddhaa.Pure Land Buddhism2.Confuciusa.Teachings of Confucius3.Laotzaa.Teachings of Laotzac.Gods and Spiritsi.“They only matter if they matter”ii.Examples:1.The Earth god:a.His job is to make sure there is plenty of healthy food, water, healthy babies, everything connected tothe land and the mountains is safeb.The relationship between the Earth god and the villagers is not used on belief(the Earth god is thereanyway)2.Shangtia.Ruler of the universe– to keep it flowingb.Shangti is an office – can get firedc.No one really pays attention to the shanty, they just don’t care about him, he is of no interest to anyoned.The Shangti can’t help you with ordinary problems, so that’s why people don’t care about him3.Mazua.Served as the ocean goddessfor at least 2 centuriesb.Ask for help with oceaniii.The gods and spirits don’t care if we believe in them, they care whether or not we demonstrate respect***iv.Any god or goddess can be fired1.Assuming a village is showing the correct respect, if a spiritdoesn’t do his job, then he will get fired and replaced
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