Chinese Religion


Chinese religion is not an organized, unified system of beliefs and practices. It has no leadership, headquarters, founder, or denominations. Instead, "Chinese religion" is a term describing the complex interaction of different religious and philosophical traditions that have been influential in China. Chinese religion is composed of four main traditions: Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. When it comes to Chinese religion, many people have questions like: What do Chinese religions believe about God or gods, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are the values, traditions, and ethics found in Chinese relgions like? Who are its influences? What are its leaders and followers like?

The religious outlook of most Chinese people consists of some combination of beliefs and practices from these four traditions. It is rare for only one to be practiced to the exclusion of the others. Please note that Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are treated in their own sections on ReligionFacts. This section focuses on Chinese folk or indigenous religion, but reference is also made to the other traditions.

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Chinese religion, from beliefs to practices to history and much more.

Beliefs, history, symbols, practices, and more of Chinese religion


  • Chinese Religious Beliefshttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/beliefs

    What are Chinese religious beliefs? Chinese religious beliefs are wide-ranging and eclectic, deriving from several eastern religious traditions (e...

  • Chinese Religious Historyhttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/history

    China is one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, and Chinese religion is one of the oldest forms of religion. Evidence of burial practices has been dated to as early as 5000 BCE...

  • Chinese Religious Objectshttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/objects

    Ceremonial Dress Confucius is said to have advocated primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white and black) rather than "intermediate" colors (like purple) and to have avoided wearing red because he considered it a female color...

  • Chinese Religious Practiceshttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/practices

    What are the rituals in Chinese religion Chinese religion is not an organized, unified system of beliefs and practices. It has no leadership, headquarters, founder, or denominations...

  • Chinese Symbolshttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/symbols

    What are the Symbols of Taoism? Name: Yin-Yang or Taijtu The yin-yang (Taijitu) symbol 太極圖 is one of the most common Taoist symbols...

  • Chinese Holidays and Festivalshttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/holidays

    Chinese religion has many different expressions. Convictions about the nature of the universe, the spiritual realm, and people can vary from person to person...

  • Timeline of Chinese Religionhttp://www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/timeline