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.
Rosemont, Jr. H. & Ames, R. T. (2016). Confucian role ethics: A moral vision for the 21st century?. Göttingen: V&R Academic. Retrieved from: https://books.google.com/books?id=OnqpDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq=%22In+the+Confucian+tradition,+the+body+is+understood%22&source=bl&ots=ViNXhMzYuL&sig=RQyjc1jUTrgk8CCbqnwiAA3f47Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiw-OSOx5XPAhWc2YMKHRVlAuYQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22In%20the%20Confucian%20tradition%2C%20the%20body%20is%20understood%22&f=false