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Chinese Religious Beliefs

Chinese religious beliefs are wide-ranging and eclectic, deriving from several eastern religious traditions (e.g. Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism). Although there are overlapping beliefs with other world religions, especially from the East, like particular ideas about the afterlife or a spiritual realm, other concepts are unique to the syncretistic expressions of Chinese religion.

The worldview found in Chinese religion is generally dualistic, emphasizing the two opposed and complimentary principles of the universe: yin and yang (see article below). But the yin and yang are the double manifestation of the single, eternal cosmic principal: the Tao (see article below). Also important is the concept of heaven (T'ien), which is sometimes described in terms of an impersonal power or fate, other times as a personal deity, and can also be equated with the Tao (see article below).

For more information on Chinese religious beliefs, follow a link below. ### The Afterlife in Chinese Religion

The Chinese conception of the afterlife is based on a combination of Chinese folk religions, Taoism and Mahayana Buddhism. ### Chinese Belief of Body and Soul

In Chinese thinking, everything that exists flows out of the Tao, and human beings are simply a tiny component of the Tao. ### Ch'i in Chinese religion

Ch'i (also spelled Chi or Qi) is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture.

Buddhist Deities

Chinese Buddhism has many beliefs in common with other forms of Mahayana Buddhism, including many of the same bodhisattvas and other religious figures. ### Folk Deities

One common type of Chinese deity is the "place god" or T'u-ti (Pinyin: Tudi).

Chinese belief in Ghosts and Spirits

In Chinese thought, the world is populated by a vast number of spirits, both good and evil.

Heaven in Chinese religious belief

The idea of Heaven (T'ien) plays a prominent role in indigenous Chinese religion.

Tao in Chinese religion

The Tao is the central principle of Taoism and is highly influential throughout Chinese thought.

Yin and Yang

In Chinese and other Eastern thought, yin and yang are the two opposing and complementary forces that make up all phenomena of life.

  • Afterlife

    The Chinese conception of the afterlife is based on a combination of Chinese folk religions, Taoism and Mahayana Buddhism. At the moment of death, it is believed that one's spirit is taken by messengers to the god of walls and moats, Ch'eng Huang, who conducts a kind of preliminary hearing... full article →
  • Chinese traditional beliefs about the soul

    The ancient Chinese believed in a dual soul. The lower, sensitive soul disappears with death, but the rational soul (hun) survives death and is the object of ancestor worship... full article →
  • Ghosts

    In Chinese thought, the world is populated by a vast number of spirits, both good and evil. Such spirits include nature demons (kuei-shen), evil spirits or devils (oni), and ghosts (kui)... full article →
  • Human Nature

    In Chinese thinking, everything that exists flows out of the Tao, and human beings are simply a tiny component of the Tao. The ancient Chinese believed in a dual soul... full article →
  • T'ien

    The idea of Heaven (T'ien) plays a prominent role in indigenous Chinese religion. The term can refer to a god, an impersonal power, or both. The concept is not well-defined, and religious scholars have had a difficult time deciding whether T'ien was believed to be a force like fate or a personal deity... full article →
  • Yin and Yang

    In Chinese and other Eastern thought, yin and yang are the two opposing and complementary forces that make up all phenomena of life. Both proceed from the Supreme Ultimate and together they represent the process of the universe and all that is in it... full article →

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UpdatedNovember 18, 2016
MLA Citation“Chinese Religious Beliefs.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016. <www.religionfacts.com/chinese-religion/beliefs>

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