I was reading the Chinese article "Origins of Confucianism" by Professor Xu Shan 徐山 (Department of Chinese Studies in Suzhou university), whereby he mentioned that "Confucianism originated from prehistoric reverence or worship of lightning god".
See the article at http://www.confuchin.....de qiyuan.htm
He explained it from etymology (i.e. historic origin of words) aspects of the Chinese character for Confucianism "Ru 儒" . In its initial form it was using the character "需". If one decipher the Shang oracle inscription for 需, one will realize that this characters formed by a "rain 雨" on top and a 'person 而' below
It reflected the "religious rites of a person worshipping the god of lightning in hope of getting more rain" .
According to Ciyuan 《辞源》 , the origin of the word "Ru 儒" is as follow:
Translated as "Ru are People who originated and came out of Shaman, History, Temple, Divinition, also known as Clergy, but later refers to Scholars".
This means that initially, the Confucianist were engaged in religious matters. They not only help recorded history, they were in charge of organizing funerals, religious worship etc. Since all these involved some form of religious rites, most of the Confucianists (Ru 儒) were people who know a great deal about rites. By Confucius time, it was not surprising that a lot of his teaching involves dealing with Zhou rites (Zhou Li 周礼). By Confucius time, Confucianist began to be associated with Scholars.
Translated as :
Zhou Rites: The Confucianist used the 6 teachings (skills) to teach its people. The people are also known as students
Analects of Confucius: You should become a Gentlemen Confucianist, not a low despicable Confucianist.Here, Confucianist (RU) refers to Scholars or Students.
What do you think of this? Any comments are appreciated.