July 10, 2011
Next month our museum will be hosting an exhibition on the social role of the arts in early Chinese and Japanese civilization. This exhibition will cover all of the cultures in both Chinese and Japanese civilization. This will include religion, language, general philosophies and beliefs of both civilizations. There will also be an exhibit that will explain the relationship between Chinese and Japanese cultures and arts.
In this exhibit you will discover the oldest and most complex cultures in the world. We will demonstrate how Chinese religion was a unified system of beliefs and practices. Chinese religion was a term used to describe the complex interaction of different religious and philosophical traditions were which were influential in China (Religion Facts, 2004-2010). We will exhibit the four main traditions in Chinese religion, Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. We will also exhibit lyric poetry which is the earliest known Chinese literature. We will also demonstrate how educated Chinese were expected to understand poetry, and appreciate it enough to compose it. Confucianism and Taoism were not only a tradition it was also a Chinese Philosophy which was based on the teachings of one man, Confucius. The Chinese had many different beliefs due to the different religious and philosophical traditions that influenced their country. Great examples that will be exhibited will be the yin and yang. There will be many different exhibits of Confucianism and Taoism as they are the most influential traditions in Chinese. These traditions have different meanings to the Chinese and you can see it first-hand. Exhibition Advertisement
Like the Chinese the Japanese had many of the same beliefs. They share one of the same religions and that is Buddhism. However the Japanese do have a religion that the Chinese do not share and that is Shinto. Shinto was their original...
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