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Filial piety is extended into the afterlife.
Filial piety is extended into the afterlife.

In Confucian thought, filial piety (Chinese Xiào (孝)) is one of the virtues to be cultivated: a love and respect for one's parents and ancestors. Image File history File links A typical Chinese cemetary. ... Image File history File links A typical Chinese cemetary. ... Confucianism (儒家 Pinyin: rújiā, literally The School of the Scholars; or, less accurately, 孔教 kŏng jiào The Religion of Kong) is an East Asian ethical and philosophical system originally developed from the teachings of Confucius. ... Parenting comprises all the tasks involved in raising a child to an independent adult. ... An ancestor is a parent or (recursively) the parent of an ancestor. ...


In general terms, filial piety means to take care of one's parents; not be rebellious; show love, respect and support; display courtesy; ensure male heirs; uphold fraternity among brothers; wisely advise one's parents; conceal their mistakes; display sorrow for their sickness and death; and carry out sacrifices after their death. A rebellion is, in the most general sense, a refusal to accept authority. ... Etiquette is the code that governs the expectations of social behavior, the conventional norm. ... Brotherhood has multiple meanings: Siblings: The relationship between male offspring, Fraternity: Sodality, or people engaged in a particular occupation; the medical fraternity Brotherhood: The feeling that men should treat one another as brothers Labor union: Union, trade union, brotherhood, an organization of employees formed to bargain with an employer Brotherhood... Brother may have the following meanings, in addition to and derived from its main one of male sibling; see Family. Brother or Bro is a reference to a close friend or pal. ... In Western culture, skeletons are often the symbol of death. ... Sacrifice (from a Middle English verb meaning to make sacred, from Old French, from Latin sacrificium : sacer, sacred; sacred + facere, to make) is commonly known as the practice of offering food, or the lives of animals or people to the gods, as an act of propitiation or worship. ...


However, for Confucius, xiào was not merely blind loyalty to one's parents. Above the norm of xiào were the norms of rén (Chinese (仁) (benevolence) and (義) (righteousness). For Confucius and Mencius, xiào was in fact foremost a display of rén and should ideally be applied in one's dealings with all elders, thus making it a general norm of intergenerational relations. In reality, however, xiào was usually reserved for one's own parents and grandparents and was often elevated above the notions of rén and . Benevolence is a faculty from the discipline of Phrenology. ... Righteousness is an important concept in the theology of Judaism and Christianity. ... Mencius (most accepted dates: 372 BC – 289 BC; other possible dates: 385 BC – 303 BC or 302 BC) was born in the State of Zou (鄒國), now forming the territory of the county-level city of Zoucheng (邹城市), Shandong province, only 30 km (18 miles) south of Qufu, the town of Confucius. ... An elder refers to various Wikipedia topics. ... This article is about the domestic group. ...


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Aging & Spirituality (2143 words)
The core of filial piety is to respect and care for the elderly with affection, responsibility and gratitude, and the practice of filial piety has traditionally been the obligation of adult children.
Filial piety can be discussed in terms of six major categories: respect for the parent, filial responsibility, harmonization of the family, repayment of debts to the parent, affection to the parent, and sacrifice for the parent.
Filial responsibility is the obligation of an adult child to assume parent care and to meet the needs of his or her aged parent; it emphasizes duty and is usually connected with protection, care or financial support.
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