Chinese culture: Religion

China is a wonderful and magical country, is the most populated in the world, one of the world’s earlier civilizations, right now it is a modern country, a major regional power within Asia which has a great influence in the global economy, but China has a rich and millenary culture that had always fascinated us.

China have been a mystery for people in west side of the world since a long time ago, it is a distant land with people with some different physical aspects, we have adopted many things from China, since the day western people discovered its existence, have fascinated with that wonderful land and have incorporated products to their lives, such as food, for example.

One of the most important aspects in our lives is religion, many wars, many bad things had been made in name of religion, but also extraordinary things had been made in it name too, it have been support for billions, an undiscussed source of inspiration for the most beautiful artworks, and is what have encouraged many people to be better persons and achieve noble goals, and we wonder, which is Chinese religion? What motivate them spirituality speaking?

Religion in China

Chinese culture is extremely rich and diverse it is a huge country with so many people in it! And even when right now is an officially atheist country, since the government communist party is, many people is religious, many time has passed since those old days when the local tribes practiced ancient shamanism among other practices.

Ancient practices and traditions derived from dynasties Shang (1600-1046 BCE) and Zhou (1046-256 BCE), the religion then was based on the worship of ancestors and god-kings, as well as many gods of nature, nowadays the religions practiced in China can be grouped into these ones: Buddhism, Chinese folklore, Taoism and Confucianism, there also exist a representation of Catholicism (independent of Catholicism of Rome), Protestantism and Islam.

The Buddhism went to China from India in a unclear period of history, but there are evidence of it in 60s CE the Chinese Buddhism is mixed with Chinese traditions, philosophy and mythology.

The Chinese folklore has been practiced in China for thousands of years and is a religion with many followers in this country, even when most of these followers also practice Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, mixing and/or merging some features and mythical figures, this religion derives from a combination of ancient practices, neolithic beliefs, ancestors veneration and elements from the three religions aforementioned.

Taoism (Daoism) and Confucianism are philosophy-religions, Taoism were originated in China and is at least 2,500 years old, is focused on living a simple and balanced life in harmony with nature; Confucianism’s fundamental principles were developed by Chinese philosopher Confucius and encourages the conservation of ancient traditions and the following of the mandates of heaven.

Christianity and Islam arrived to China in the 7th century, and even when these religions are gaining followers, they have few representation in this country.