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Dynastic Chinese literati life and education were inseparable from the philosophical and religious influences of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. At various times throughout Chinese history, an emperor would favor each one of these competing and, in turn, cooperating religions and philosophies. To the extent that a philosophy was implemented and realized across the Dynastic period, the Chinese state adopted the religion of Confucianism and then the philosophy of Neo-Confucianism as its governing ideology.
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