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Confucius (551-479 BC)[edit]

Confucius was a Chinese teacher and philosopher whose ideas and teachings still have widespread influence today and have spurred the creation of the Confucianism Movement. He was a leading figure in Chinese politics at the time, before his influence grew too great and threatened the Empire, leading to his exile. While in exile Confucius developed his ideals and began spreading them around the country during his travels. His principles are based around the importance of family, morality, relationships, justice and sincerity. Debate continues as to whether Confucianism is actually a religion or a philosophy.

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