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Symbols of Confucianism

Confucianism has no official symbol or standard icon.

The symbol most commonly used to represent Confucianism is probably the Chinese character for water, which represents life.

Other symbols commonly used to represent Confucianism include the Chinese character for "scholar" as well as the yin-yang symbol (shared with Taoism) and portraits of Confucius.

  • Chinese Character for "Scholar" or "Confucianism"

    There are several Chinese characters that can be translated as "scholar," but the "ru" character refers especially to the scholar Confucius, and by extension to Confucianism in general... full article →
  • Chinese Character for "Water"

    Water is one of the five elements of Chinese philosophy, along with wood, fire, earth, and metal. Water is viewed as a life source, which likely stems from its importance in the natural world and for sustaining life... full article →
  • Images of Confucius as Symbol of Confucianism

    Visual representations of Confucius are common in Confucianism, and can be used to symbolize Confucianism in general. full article →
  • Yin-Yang in Confucianism

    The yin yang symbol is common in many kinds of Chinese thought. It is especially prominent in Taoism, but it is also used in Confucianism. There are variations to its meaning depending the school of Chinese thought, but in general, the circle represents a whole, while the halves and dots depict opposites, interactions, or balance. full article →


  • Confucianism.” Wikipedia. Web. Accessed 1 Feb. 2017. Uses the character for "scholar" to represent Confucianism.
  • Richey, Jeffrey. “Confucianism: Symbolism.” Patheos. Web. Accessed 1 Feb. 2017.