There are many common Chinese traditions that revolve around many aspects of life and death. The most common obligation is to take care of the body that is considered as a gift from the God and this gift is transferred to glorify the ancestors of the family. The most common obligations in Mozi and Confucianism tradition are different and they will be discussed in this section.
Role of an ancestor in funeral and other rituals in Mozi
The philosophy discussed in the Mozi tradition is about the common man. This culture believes that ceremonies, rituals and other norms of the life are waste of energy, time and money. They believed that the resources that are used in these traditions could be used properly in other important events of life. These resources could be used for giving clothing and shelter to other people that could not afford it. Mozi asked about universal love and not like Confucian that believed in the love for family and parents (Ivanhoe and Norden, 2005). Mozi opposed the findings and rituals of Confucians because they called them selfish. Mozi argued that Confucians spend so much on these funerals and other rituals and these rituals could take the money that could be needed by other poor people around the world. Along with this Mozi argued that love is not just within the family, ancestors should not only protect their own family but they need to think beyond their families. They suggested that the feudal lords are only responsible for the protection and provision of love to their own families but they are not concerned about others. They linked these lords with the head of the families that only loved their own families and did not show concern about other families. They believed that they are not afraid of mobilizing their families to usurp others. Mozi asked for loving and helping each other present and the society so everyone could be treated equally. They said that when everyone is treated in equal amount of love and protection the common problems of the society will not exist.