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Let's talk about....Chinese religions

#1XoarWinsPosted 6/16/2013 5:09:22 AM
http://chinadilemma.com/china-god-praying-guan-yu/6158#more-6158

I never knew that local gods were such a thing. And in fact Guan Yu was some sort of superhero, I guess that makes him a god in the minds of Chinese people.

So how does this jive with your religion (or atheism)?
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#2EastsideslingerPosted 6/16/2013 5:40:54 AM
(note: by no means am I an expert just some collected thoughts on the subject)

I believe that stems from ancestor worship which is a big thing in a lot of asian countries especially China where Confucianism calls for the veneration of one's elders. That and you take into account the myrid folk religions and their being influenced by other religions such as Buddism that came through China and out towards Japan you see this mix and match and similarity to various gods across the region.
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#3TheBlackCat13Posted 6/16/2013 5:46:42 AM
China really has two main religions, Doaism and Buddhism. Doaism was the traditional Chinese religion, but today Buddhism holds an equal status and they have been largely integrated culturally (remember that the idea that a religion forbids you from following any other religion is a largely Abrahamic idea, few other religions have held such views).

However, a lot of people no longer really believe in these religions, but they still go through the rituals and put up pictures or statues because of tradition and superstition.
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#4XoarWins(Topic Creator)Posted 6/16/2013 6:18:04 AM
Interesting, pls tell me more.
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#5ArwenTinuvielPosted 6/16/2013 8:27:46 AM
Having lived in Taiwan for quite a while when I was younger, here are some of the conclusions I've arrived at for Chinese religions:

1. Like others have said, Buddhism and Daoism are probably the two biggest denominations for Chinese people. But at the same time, for many people it's not a clear cut difference. It's sort of a meld of the two, and it's not surprising to see people attending to both temple for Guan Yin and also burn paper money at cemeteries, a very Dao-ist inspired practice.

2. And like other posters have mentioned, many religious practices continue to hold today mainly because of traditions and a veneration for one's ancestor. The aforementioned "paper money" burning practice is one. Do people truly believe that burning money will buy one's ancestor a good place in "hell"? Some do, perhaps, but for most people I would say it's akin to the practice of saying "bless you" after someone sneezes.

3. Ultimately, religions for Chinese are a lot more fluid than in the west.
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#6FingerpuppetPosted 6/16/2013 10:55:56 AM
TheBlackCat13 posted...
China really has two main religions, Doaism and Buddhism. Doaism was the traditional Chinese religion, but today Buddhism holds an equal status and they have been largely integrated culturally (remember that the idea that a religion forbids you from following any other religion is a largely Abrahamic idea, few other religions have held such views).

However, a lot of people no longer really believe in these religions, but they still go through the rituals and put up pictures or statues because of tradition and superstition.


Taoism was never a "Chinese" religion in the sense that many people practiced it. It has always been a minority...Confucianism was always more popular.
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#7Polish_CrusaderPosted 6/16/2013 11:30:32 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14838749