Confucianism can be defined as an ethical and philosophical system that has been developed from the teachings of Confucius, a Chinese philosopher. Confucianism is also known as Ruism and is being practiced in the Feudal society over a period of 2000 years. Confucianism is mainly characterized by the presence of a social and ethical philosophy and not merely a type of religion. Confucianism in a broader sense is referred to as a system of ethics and education that has been developed by Confucius and is the basis of the Chinese culture (Huang and Gove, p105). Confucianism emphasizes on the love for humanity, ancestor worship and respect for parents. Confucianism and its disciples have propagated the way of life through the ethical and philosophical system of Confucianism for the Chinese people.
Confucianism is still practiced in the Chinese culture and determines the values and social code of Chinese. It is regarded as an important source of learning for the Chinese people to gain a better understanding of the Chinese culture. Confucianism has been transformed over time but its teachings are of significant value for the Chinese people till the recent time. Confucianism is restricted not only to China but its teachings have influenced the culture of other countries as well. The teachings of Confucianism have extended to countries like Korea, Japan and Vietnam.