K'ung Fu Tzu (Confucius) was born in 551 BCE in Lu, China. He traveled throughout China giving advice to its rulers and
teaching. His teachings and writings dealt with individual morality and ethics, and the proper exercise of political power. He
stressed the following values:
Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette, etc.;
Hsiao: love among family members;
Xin: honesty and trustworthiness;
Jen: benevolence towards others, the highest Confucian virtue; and
Chung: loyalty to the state, etc.
Unlike most religions, Confucianism is primarily an ethical system with rituals at important times during one's lifetime. The most
important periods recognized in the Confucian tradition are birth, reaching maturity, marriage, and death.
--From The Major World Religions Web site