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  Chinese traditional religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese traditional 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 continuing to the present.
Chinese traditional religion also retain traces of some of its ancestral Neolithic belief systems which participate in Animal worship, as well as the worship of the Sun, Moon, Earth, heavens, and various stars.
This is all the more true when these traditional practices are seen as cultural elements without spiritual significance, permitting them to be retained by adherents of certain belief-systems, such as various forms of Christianity, with which the overall assumptions of Chinese traditional practice as a religion would likely have been incompatible.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_traditional_religion   (584 words)

  
 Chinese folk religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese folk religion comprises the religion practiced in much of China for thousands of years which included ancestor worship and drew heavily upon concepts and beings within Chinese mythology.
It is a constituent part of Chinese traditional religion.
Although the Chinese have venerated their ancestors for thousands of years, the worship of tien and everything associated with it is distinct from the veneration of humans such as ancestors or venerable figures such as Confucius who belong to the category of spirits known as kuei.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_folk_religion   (733 words)

  
 ninemsn Encarta - Chinese Mythology
Chinese Mythology, traditional beliefs of the Chinese people on their origins and on the nature of the universe.
By contrast, the new religions were concerned with cosmological speculation, with explaining the workings of the universe and the processes of life and death.
Hence, Guan Yin was originally a Chinese princess of the early 7th century bc, famous for her compassion, before she was taken over and transformed into Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
au.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_781534864/Chinese_Mythology.html   (1365 words)

  
 Atheism - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Thus, charges of atheism, meaning the subversion of religion, were often used similarly to charges of heresy and impiety — as a political tool to eliminate diversity in religion.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.
Many world religions teach that morality is derived from, for example, the commandments of a particular deity, and, further, that fear of the gods is a major factor in motivating people towards moral behavior.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Atheism   (5401 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Chinese traditional medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also known simply as Chinese medicine (Chinese: 中醫學 or 中药学, zhōngyào xŭe) or traditional Oriental medicine, is the name commonly given to a range of China thousands of years ago.
Unlike these other forms of traditional medicine which have largely become extinct, traditional Chinese medicine continues as a distinct branch of modern medical practice, and within China, it is an important part of the public health care system.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also known simply as Chinese medicine (Chinese : 中醫學 or 中药学, zhōngy o xŭe) or traditional Oriental medicine, is the name commonly given to a range of traditional medical practices originating in China thousands of years ago.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Chinese-traditional-medicine   (3219 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Chinese folk religion
Chinese mythology is the mythology of Chinese civilization.
From the Chinese point of view, the "Chinese" Empire includes most parts of southern Russia in and Central Asia during the strongest periods in Yuan, although China was mere one of territories of the Mongol Empire in actuality.
Chinese philosophers, writers, and poets have been mostly highly respected, and considered to be those preserving and promoting the culture of the empire.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Chinese-folk-religion   (1016 words)

  
 Jordan: Traditional Chinese Family and Lineage
Traditional law held a child's insubordination to a parent to be a capital offense, and a daughter-in-law's insubordination to her parents-in-law grounds for divorce.
A distinctive feature of traditional Chinese patrilineal descent is that a woman, at marriage, is assumed to be removed from her own descent line (except for the acknowledgement of her immediate parents and grandparents) and assimilated into her husband's descent line.
Traditional Chinese marriage was not the free union of two young adults to establish a new household.
weber.ucsd.edu /~dkjordan/chin/hbfamilism-u.html   (5449 words)

  
 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis
As relates to MS, the Chinese believe that the disease process most likely originates with a combination of spiritual and emotional factors, and that the “trigger” for the disease may be an experience of a feverish illness, usually an infectious disease.
Although the Chinese see anxiety, depression, fright, and fear as contributors to the disease process (helping to initiate and aggravate the condition), Western doctors observe these emotional patterns in patients diagnosed with the disease and attribute the emotional conditions largely to a reaction to the diagnosis.
The herb combinations prescribed by doctors of Chinese medicine are selected on the basis of past experience with treating “flaccidity syndromes” (mostly diseases other than MS that cause muscular weakening) and on the basis of the current health status of the individual.
www.itmonline.org /arts/ms&tcm.htm   (4841 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Chinese philosophy
In around 500 BC, after the Zhou state weakened and China moved in to the Spring and Autumn Period, the classic period of Chinese philosophy began (it is an interesting fact that this date nearly coincides with the emergence of the first Greek philosophers).
Moreover, many Chinese mandarins were government officials in the daily life and poets (or painters) in their spare time.
Chinese philosophy in the 20th century has adapted a number of systems derived from Western thought while attempting to use ideas from the traditional Eastern schools.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Chinese-philosophy   (497 words)

  
 Body Mind Wellness Center - How We Help - Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine they both have signs  of “heat,” but one is combined with signs and symptoms of “dampness” and is a replete or full heat, while the second is a function of vacuity or empty heat with yin vacuity and lack of fluids.
So while both have what Chinese medicine calls wheezing and panting, each has a different pattern of disharmony (Bien Zheng)  that is at the root of their disease called  Asthma by modern bio-medicine, and “wheezing and panting” in the  nomenclature of traditional Chinese medicine.
The ultimate and underlying goal of treatment in Chinese medicine is to unblock the stagnation of the life force, and to adjust and harmonize the Yin and Yang as it manifests in the physical body--moisture and dryness, cold and heat, tension and slackness, hardness and softness, strength and weakness.
www.bodymindwellnesscenter.com /howwehelp_traditional_chinese.php3   (2891 words)

  
 Shang Ti - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Shangdi or Shang Ti (Wade-Giles) (上帝, pinyin Shàngdì), literally translated, "Lord Above" or "Sovreign Above", in Chinese culture, is the name used both in traditional Chinese religion as well as Christianity for a supreme deity.
Shangdi was the supreme deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese, especially during the Shang and Zhou dynasties.
It is used in the southern China edition of the Chinese Union Version, a Mandarin Chinese translation of the Christian Bible.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Shang_Di   (471 words)

  
 Theology: Major World Religions, Statistics
He may not know that he has a religion, just as a person may not know that he has a heart, but it is no more possible for a person to exist without a religion than without a heart.
Religion is the definition of man’s relationship to the origin of everything, and of the purpose acquired as a result of this relationship, and of the rules of conduct that follow from this purpose.
This listing does not draw distinctions between organized world religions, which has a single belief code and religious hierarchies, and informal world religions, such as Chinese traditional religions, which are a mix of different informal religious ideas.
www.spaceandmotion.com /Theology-World-Religions.htm   (797 words)

  
 Chinese Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Traditional Chinese medicine attributed illnesses primarily to imbalances in the chi that pulsed through the body.
CHINESE (ORIENTAL) MEDICINE: Oriental medical practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods--including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, heat therapy, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling--to treat a broad range of both chronic and acute illnesses.
Traditional Chinese Medicine theory posits both Organs (the Triple Burner, for example) and Substances (such as Shen, or Spirit) for which scientific evidence is absent.
www.experiencefestival.com /chinese_religion   (857 words)

  
 Pakua
Cantonese dialect Chinese, literally, "eight (bat) directions (gua)." The original reference may be to the eight divisions of the Chinese compass.
1) In traditional Chinese religion pakua refers to the "luck" symbol consisting of a mirror encircled by the I Ching trigrams.
If a building is accidentally the target of a pakua, a sharp object -- often a sword of metal or wood, knife or other cutlery-shaped object, such as old-fashioned Chinese "cash" strung together in the form of a sword, or even a table fork -- should be positioned to "catch" the reflected bad luck.
www.pantheon.org /articles/p/pakua.html   (248 words)

  
 facts JPN-religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
New Religions, for their part, show a much higher ratio of priests to members than traditional religions, because most groups of this kind count lay leaders as clergy.
It was an age of internal strife and commotion, and the new religion was welcomed those who sought new spiritual symbols as well as by those who hoped to get in touch with the West for its culture, advanced firearms, and trade.
These religions are more concerned with the problems of this world than with those of life after death.
asnic.utexas.edu /asnic/countries/japan/japreligion.html   (1155 words)

  
 Ethnologue: China
The Hui correspond to 'Khoton', 'Hoton', or 'Qotong' in Mongolia, 20,000 Muslim Chinese in Taiwan, and the Hui in Thailand.
Several hundred Chinese Jews in Kaifeng city, Henan Province are largely assimilated to the Han or Hui Chinese, and speak Mandarin.
Chinese is the second language (especially the Tuguai Hua variety of Cantonese, or Yue).
www.christusrex.org /www1/pater/ethno/Chin.html   (11262 words)

  
 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong
Traditional Chinese Medicine ("TCM") is an integral part of Chinese culture.
TCM is defined as a medical science governing the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine.
The extraction of Qinghaosu from Chinese drugs was seen as a breakthrough in research on anti-malarial remedies.
www.index-china.com /index-english/TCM-s.html   (760 words)

  
 China, Taoism and Religions
Chinese treats individual as an element in the whole universe and is interrelated.
Chinese is a nation seeking continuous harmony with the nature, the universe and their neighbors.
Chinese is a nation with great restraint and yet has the inner strength to react and substantiate proportionally to any brutal force brought upon them.
www.index-china.com /index-english/Taoism%20and%20A%20Few%20Words.html   (1325 words)

  
 Religion and Chinese Culture: Book Review - The Sinister Way
For example: Rather than a single canon of Scripture, the Chinese possess a vast assortment of texts in an array of genres, all of which purport to represent the truth about the relationship of humans and the gods.
Chinese communist strictures against house churches, and the justification they offer for brutal treatment of them, are couched in the type of language von Grahn quotes to describe imperial Chinese edicts against the Wutong cult and others like it.
Traditional Chinese religion, driven underground for a while by Mao and his minions, has resurfaced in a remarkable resurgence, especially in rural and southern China.
www.civirginia.com /More%20Info/R%20A%20C%20C/bookreview_The_Sinister_Way.html   (848 words)

  
 A historical overview of traditional Chinese medicine and ancient Chinese medical ethics
This was probably derived from Chinese, for Hua Tuo, the Hippocrates of China, is said to have taught this practice and used for the purpose a combinatin of aconite, datura and herbal".
Chinese pharmacology is another important contribution made by the Chinese people to the world's medical arsenal.
This is the ancient Chinese manifesto on medical ethics, embracing almost all aspects of present day medical morality, and becoming the standard motto for Chinese traditional doctors to follow.
www.medizin-ethik.ch /publik/historical_overview.htm   (3616 words)

  
 Virtual Classroom
The common religions in China are not exclusive, so mixing elements is common.
Chinese folk religion is wrapped up in their culture and is passed down from one generation to another.
Traditional religions emphasize doing the best you can to appease the gods and to live right.
www.imb.org /easia/classroom/religion/traditional.html   (689 words)

  
 Chinese Beliefs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Buddhism was also of great philosophical importance.There were two aspects that were particularly attractive to the Chinese: the teachings of karma, the force behind the chain of cause and effects,was very suit to the traditional Chinese thought, and there was a hopful promise for existence after death.
Combining with the traditional Chinese religion, Daoism, the main principle of this school was meditation.
Lamaism It was an amalgam of Indian Buddhism with the indigenous religion of Tibet.
www.clicktranslation.com /04_beliefs/contents/5_buddhism_a.htm   (533 words)

  
 African Trad. Religion in Church documents
And African traditional religious experience and expression, having emerged from the limbo of negation and skepticism to eventual recognition, is gradually taking its rightful place among the religions of the world, and is considered the legitimate expression of a genuine religious experience of African peoples in their encounter with the divine.
The scarcity of and the lateness of reference to ATR in church documents is indicative of a situation where African Traditional Religion hardly ever was a subject of direct magisterial concern.
The Church respects the religions and the cultures of peoples, and wishes that in her contact with them, to preserve all that is noble, true and good in their religion and their cultures.
www.afrikaworld.net /afrel/atrxadocs.htm   (5620 words)

  
 Chinese Philosophy & Religion: EightTrigrams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
An investigation of almost any culture, tradition, or religion will reveal the use of symbols to convey meaning beyond what is easily communicable in spoken or written language.
By combining symbols that reflect dynamic elements in nature and the human process, the Chinese have sought to understand and predict patterns, cycles, and polarities which are present in nature and human development.
Because so many traditions, customs, cultural influences, religions and philosophies in China are overlapping, and because the majority of Chinese history prior to 776 B.C. is legend, it is almost impossible to trace the exact source of any particular practice or concept.
qi-journal.com /philosophy.asp?-token.SearchID%3DEightTrigrams   (573 words)

  
 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Religious Adherents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Compiled by Census 2001 - Ethnicity and religion in England and Wales.
There were three Census questions in 2001 on the topic of ethnicity and religion - country of birth, ethnic group and religion.
The religion question was voluntary and was answered by 52,041,916 people.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/statistics   (141 words)

  
 Dragons and Serpents - Celtic, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, Aztec, Ancient Greek marvellous reptiles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The Chinese recognised the dragon as one of the four sacred creatures to contain all elements of yin and yang - dark and light - in addition to the Phoenix, the Unicorn and the Turtle.
In some traditions, dragons were attributed to controlling the weather, and ritual dances were performed to encourage the dragon to send down the rains.
Their traditional religion, Shinto, also tells of kingdom of serpent people under the sea, where the Dragon King, Ryu-wo, ruled in a spectacular palace of crystal and coral.
www.spiral.org.uk /dragon.htm   (614 words)

  
 Jungian Analytical Psychology and Chinese Traditional Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Chinese traditional culture, under the deep influence of Buddhism, shows special characteristics in tapping one’s mind and applying it, thus surpassing Western psychology.
The Chinese saying “A workman must sharpen his tool if he is to do his work well” shows her way was right, as she became more intelligent through practicing meditation, she could make progress in her studies.
As the term Photonic and Traditional Chinese Medical Science was initiated by her tutor and her, she was invited to deliver a speech on this new branch of science, in the People’s Hall in Beijing in November this year.
www.tangmi.com /works/jap_ctc.htm   (7265 words)

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