Start of Hinduism

2000 B.C.E.

Taoism develops during Shang Dynasty

1600 BCE - 1046 BCE

The most important Taoism scripture is written- The Spring & Autumn Period

770 BCE - 476 BCE

Hindu teachers tried to interpret and explain the hidden meaning of the Vedic hymns

Approx. 675 BCE

The founder of Taoism, Lao Tze was born.

600 BCE

Before this Shinto was the religion in Japan

600 BCE

The founder of Confucianism is born

551 BCE

Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, based on whose teachings Buddhism developed.

500 BCE

Start of Confucianism

500 B.C.E.

The founder of Confucianism dies

479 BCE

Warring States Period in China, Legalism develops in response to the horrors of war.

476 BCE - 221

The person who developed legalism in China is born

280 BC

Asoka becomes king and decides to promote Buddhism

269 B.C.

Hinduism and Buddhism are India's main religions

250 BCE

Legalism becomes the official religion of the Qin Dynasty

221 BCE