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  Chinese folk religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese folk religion is composed of a combination of religious practices, including ancestor worship or veneration, Buddhism and Taoism.
Chinese folk religion also retains traces of some of its ancestral neolithic belief systems which include in animal worship, as well as the worship of the sun, moon, earth, the heavens, and various stars.
Chinese traditional religion (a term often used synononymously with the term "Chinese folk religion"), is a loosely-connected system of practices and beliefs that has been practiced by large segments of the Han Chinese population of China from the early period of Chinese history up to the present.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_folk_religion   (1527 words)

  
 Religion in China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Because many Chinese belief systems have concepts of a sacred and sometimes spiritual world yet do not invoke a concept of God, classifying a Chinese belief system as either a religion or a philosophy can be problematic.
Major forms of religion that developed within China include ancestor worship, Chinese folk religion, shamanism, Taoism and the veneration of localized deities.
Most people report no organized religious affiliation; however, belief in folk traditions and non-religious spiritual beliefs, such as ancestor worship and feng shui, along with informal ties to local temples and unofficial house churches is in the hundreds of millions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religion_in_China   (2007 words)

  
 Chinese Festivals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Chinese holidays are celebrated according to the Lunar calendar.
While not all Chinese who participate in the ceremonies associated with the worship of ancestors believe in folk religion, they are a time of family unity and respect.
Chinese New Years is by far the most well-known Chinese holiday, and also the most significant to Chinese culture.
www.chinawestexchange.com /Chinese/Culture/festivals.htm   (662 words)

  
 All Other Faiths Page
From an academic, comparative religions viewpoint, there is no basis for "prescribing" whether it is better for a religion to be highly unified, cohesive, monolithic, and lacking in internal religious diversity, or whether it is better to be fragmented, schismatic, diverse, multifaceted and abounding in variations on the same theme.
But "Chinese traditional religion" is meant to categorize the common religion of the majority Chinese culture: a combination of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, as well as the traditional non-scriptural/local practices and beliefs.
Religion in the U.S. web page refers to 45,000 Scientologists in the U.S. Some people have mistakenly concluded that this means the overwhelming majority of Scientologists live outside the U.S., or that one of the figures is simply "wrong." The two figures are not directly comparable.
www.sistersofembracement.org /otherFaiths.htm   (11146 words)

  
 Chinese Religion - ReligionFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Chinese religion is not an organized, unified system of beliefs and practices.
"Chinese religion" is a general term used to describe the complex interaction of different religious and philosophical traditions that have been especially influential in China.
This section focuses especially on Chinese folk or indigenous religion and Confucianism, but reference is also made to the other traditions.
www.religionfacts.com /chinese_religion/contents.htm   (157 words)

  
 Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
While Western thought and religion are gaining popularity and support in China and among Chinese people, more and more occidental thinkers are discovering the beauty and value of the Eastern philosophies.
Chinese Buddhism is often mixed with local traditions and folklore, and in many cases not practiced in a "pure" form.
Even practitioners of other religions in China generally keep their traditions, or adapt new beliefs to their old practices.
www.chinawestexchange.com /chinese/Culture/religion.htm   (768 words)

  
 CHINESE MOTHER RELIGION
In Chinese mythology this is symbolized by the Great Mother sending her messengers – with Maitreya Buddha as the most prominent one – to the earth in order to save mankind.
Since institutions of a particular society are reflecting the underlying world view, which in their turn are largely related to religious and philosophical pre-concepts, changing them changes the very foundation on which such a society is built.
My combined interest in religion, Chinese culture, women studies and their social relevance, made me decide to resume my studies.
www.motherworship.com /chinesemotherreligion.htm   (1256 words)

  
 History of Chinese Religion - ReligionFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
China is one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, and Chinese religion is one of the oldest forms of religion.
The rituals of the state religion were initially addressed to the Five Elements (fire, water, earth, wood, and metal), the Supreme Unity, and the Lord of the Soil, but in 31 BCE these cults were replaced by sacrifices dedicated to Heaven and Earth.
The Ch'ing Dynasty was founded not by the Han Chinese people who form the overwhelming majority of the population of China proper, but by the Manchus, a semi-nomadic people not even known by that name when they first rose to prominence in what is now northeastern China.
www.religionfacts.com /chinese_religion/history.htm   (3954 words)

  
 The Christian Attitude Toward Non-Christian Religions
They might say that religion is the expression of man's fear of the overwhelming forces of nature, or of his desire to overcome death.
They emphasize that in spite of these differences, if the various religions foster a common "religious experience" or result in the moral and ethical improvement of man, this is enough to show that they are valid ways to God.
Though we are to reject the religion, we are not to reject them by mistakenly perceiving them to be "the enemy." The biblical injunction is to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves no matter what their religion.
wri.leaderu.com /orgs/probe/docs/non-xrel.html   (2664 words)

  
 Deities in Chinese Folk Religion - ReligionFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
One common type of Chinese deity is the "place god" or T'u-ti (Pinyin: Tudi).
The primary characteristic of a place god is the limitation of his jurisdiction to a specific location, like a bridge, home, street, or field.
If misfortunes occur in a location dedicated to a T'u-ti, the T'u-ti is believed to have lost interest and a new patron is chosen.
www.religionfacts.com /chinese_religion/beliefs/folk_deities.htm   (126 words)

  
 Welcome to Ghanagospel.Org - Ghanagospel.org Christian Statistics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
This world religions listing is derived from the statistics data in the Adherents.com database.
Statistics and geography citations for religions not on this list, as well as subgroups within these religions (such as Catholics, Protestants, Karaites, Wiccans, Shiites, etc.) can be found in the main Adherents.com database.
Like traditional religions, secular systems (such as Communism, Platonism, Freudian psychology, Nazism, pantheism, atheism, nationalism, etc.) typically have favored spokespeople and typically claim to present a universally valid and applicable Truth.
www.ghanagospel.org /factualstatistics.htm   (13080 words)

  
 Personal Page of Chinese Folk Religion Photos
But in reality, Chinese Folk religion practices pre-date these concepts.
The Chinese Folk Religion is very much alive and constantly being re-interpreted to meet the needs of the people who practice it.
It combines ancestor worship, shamanism, and practical beliefs and is commonly practiced everywhere Chinese and other Asian peoples have settled.
www.geocities.com /chinesefolkreligion   (215 words)

  
 Chinese Folk Religion Term Papers, Essay Research Paper Help, Essays on Chinese Folk Religion
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 Major Religions Ranked by Size
Other people may name the denomination, but choose it as their religion only because they recall its name as the church their grandfather attended as boy.
As is true with all major religions, there are adherents within all branches of Islam who consider some of or all of the other branches heterodox or not actually part of their religion.
Finally, a larger number of people answer "none" or "non-religious" when asked asked an open-ended queston about what their religious preference is. Although figures vary for each country, average numbers indicate that roughly half of the people who self-identify as "nonreligious" also answer "yes" when asked if they believe in God or a Higher Power.
www.fullmoon.nu /sources.bak/10%20COMMANDMENTS/Religions_By_Adherents.html   (11829 words)

  
 Ethnologue report for language code:cmn
Written Chinese is based on the Beijing dialect, but has been heavily influenced by other varieties of Northern Mandarin.
Of the five to six million ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (5,500,000 in 1976, or 4% of total population according to United Nations), 65% (3,500,000 to 4,000,000) speak Indonesian in the home, 35% (2,000,000) speak 5 Chinese languages in the home.
Wardlaw, Terrance R. Review of: Mandarin Chinese: an introduction, by Mobo C. Gao.
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=cmn   (580 words)

  
 Chinese Religions links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization (University of Washington)
Chinese Philosophy: Good introduction to the classical period, with maps, charts, etc.
Bibliography of Chinese science and medicine in Western languages (Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania)
www2.kenyon.edu /Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln270/LINKS270.htm   (1432 words)

  
 Chinese Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Questions 1 and 2 will be done in class.
Why is Confucius considered to be the supreme editor of Chinese culture?
Why is Confucianism often referred to as a religion?
www.tjhsst.edu /~jlamb/relchina.html   (209 words)

  
 Chinese Folk Religion Photos
This page is a collection of photos relating to the Chinese Folk religion.
Most of these images come from a small store in the Chinese area of Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
More paper shoes, with stacks of paper money and incense in the backgroud
www.geocities.com /chinesefolkreligion/photos.html   (119 words)

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