In the Confucian tradition, the body is understood as an inheritance we receive from our families, and as a current in a genealogical stream that reaches back to our most remote ancestors. It brings with it a sense of continuity, contribution, and belonging, and the religious significance that feelings of felt worth inspire. To show respect for our own bodies – both the physical body and its function as the residence of the cultural corpus that they bequeath to us – is to show reverence for our ancestors and the relationship we have with them, while disregard for our bodies is to bring shame upon our family lineages.

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