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Confucianism is one of the twelve default religions in Civilization VI. Players who have founded a pantheon can found Confucianism by using a Great Prophet at either a Holy Site or Stonehenge.

Confucian places of worship are represented conceptually in-game by the Pagoda, though there is no real gameplay relation between the religion and the building.

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Confucianism is less of a faith and more of a political philosophy based on the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC). Originally introduced as an ethical and social philosophy for the privileged elite, Confucianism has grown to a following of several million in the present day, mainly concentrated in the regions of East Asia.

During his life, Confucius sought to instill a strong belief in personal morality, social responsibility, and family loyalty, as each person served their “proper” role in society. He set his musings down in the so-called Five Classics. As a humanist philosophy, Confucianism focuses on the ability of every human being to learn, grow, and improve through ethical behavior and consideration for others, and emphasizes the social role of all -- including the ruler.

Following Confucius’ death, his teachings spread for nearly 200 years until attempts at suppressing the philosophy were undertaken in earnest by the Qin Dynasty, which sought to place the ruler above all. The Qin rulers believed that Confucianism was a direct threat to their authority, and, as a result, they had most Confucian books burned, including many of Confucius' original writings. Temples were destroyed across the country, and a few stubborn followers of Confucianism were buried alive.

Despite these attempts to wipe out the Confucian teachings, a hidden store of Confucian manuscripts was later discovered in the walls of a scholar’s home, and the religion found new life after the fall of the Qin. In the present-day, the works of Confucianism are studied by folk throughout the world, often as more a political and moral philosophy than a religion.


  • The constellation that represents Confucianism is "水", the Chinese word for water, and also the name of planet Mercury. It is one of the Wu Xing.
  • More historically accurately, Qin Shi Huang did not specifically target Confucianism. He burned the non-official historical records across the recently conquered kingdoms and poetry and divination books from private collections, in an attempt to eliminate the public voices that used the past to criticize the present. Technical books, such as the books for farming, woodworking, and medicines, were left intact. He didn't also bury Confucianists; instead he buried a few charlatans who sold him the elixir of immortality, which turned out to not work.
Civilization VI Religion [edit]
Default Religions

BuddhismCatholicismConfucianismEastern OrthodoxyHindu Dharma1HinduismIslamJudaismMahayana Buddhism1ProtestantismShaivism1ShintoSikhismTaoismTheravada Buddhism1Vajrayana Buddhism1Zoroastrianism


City Patron GoddessDance of the AuroraDesert FolkloreDivine SparkEarth GoddessFertility RitesFire Goddess GS-Only.pngGod of Creation (Atum)1God of CraftsmenGod of HealingGod of the ForgeGod of the Open SkyGod of the SeaGod of WarGod of Watery Abyss (Nun)1Goddess of FestivalsGoddess of the HarvestGoddess of the HuntInitiation RitesLady of the Reeds and MarshesMonument to the GodsOdin1Oral TraditionReligious IdolsRiver GoddessReligious SettlementsSacred PathStone Circles

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