Buddhism came into China during the rule of Emperor Ming of Han dynasty. The position of the emperor had been seen as linked to the gods through the Mandate of Heaven from the early Zhou Dynasty but now it was his express responsibility to behave so that heaven would bless the people.
To solve this problem and others, people would visit the village wise woman for advice. Both Confucianism and Taoism are very old ancient Chinese beliefs. It was in the Shang dynasty about BCwhere people followed different gods, such as the weather gods and sky gods.
Something that is still observed in modern China is something known as Tomb Sweeping Day, where family members will go into a crypt and clean up and honor the dead to make sure that they are happy in the afterlife. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Religious practices of divination, ancestor worship, and veneration for the gods continued, but during the Spring and Autumn Period BCE philosophical ideas began to challenge the ancient beliefs. Although they were suspended afterit spread fast in recent years.
Since the kitchen god could not eat these treats, the family could eat them after they were offered to the kitchen god. The Han state religion itself was "ethnicised" by associating the cosmological deities to regional populations.
Confucius' teachings focus on treating others with respect, politeness, and fairness. Listen to a recorded reading of this page: Your browser does not support the audio element. Shi Huangti outlawed any books which did not deal with his family line, his dynasty, or Legalism, even though he was personally obsessed with immortality and the afterlife, and his private library was full of books on these subjects.
Believing that the spirits of the dead continued to exist and to take an interest in the world of the living, the Shang elite buried their dead in elaborate and well-furnished tombs