Of China's recognised ethnic minorities, ten groups are traditionally Islamic. During Japanese rule also many Japanese new religions, or independent Shinto sects, proselytised in Manchuria establishing hundreds of congregations. [222] Hans Küng defined Chinese religions as the "religions of wisdom", thereby distinguishing them from the "religions of prophecy" (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and from the "religions of mysticism" (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism). There are no clear boundaries between these intertwined religious systems, which do not claim to be exclusive, and elements of each enrich popular or folk religion. Occupying nearly the entire East Asian landmass, it covers approximately one-fourteenth of the land area of Earth. [5]:127 Based on Gnostic teachings and able to adapt to different cultural contexts, the Manichaean religion spread rapidly both westward to the Roman Empire and eastward to China. From earliest times, the Chinese tended to be all-embracing rather than to treat different religious traditions as separate and independent. ), allowed only emperors performing the ritual worship of heaven, perceiving them as special links between the earthly and celestial realms. Most of the missions belonged to the Omoto teaching, the Tenri teaching and the Konko teaching of Shinto. [111] In surveys, few people identify as "Taoists" because to most Chinese this term refers to ordained priests of the religion. Shamanism was the prevalent modality of pre-Han dynasty Chinese indigenous religion. Muslims who were descended from earlier immigrants began to assimilate by speaking Chinese dialects and by adopting Chinese names and culture, mixing with the Han Chinese. [82], As a reaction, the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century (1899–1901) would have been inspired by indigenous Chinese movements against the influence of Christian missionaries—"devils" as they were called by the Boxers—and Western colonialism. The Chinese state officially recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Also the Hong Kong Confucian Academy, one of the direct heirs of Kang Youwei's Confucian Church, has expanded its activities to the mainland, with the construction of statues of Confucius, the establishment of Confucian hospitals, the restoration of temples and other activities. The shared sense of Yao identity is further based on tracing back Yao origins to a mythical ancestor, Panhu.[346]:48–49. [382] During the subsequent Mongol Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), foreign religions were generally granted freedom,[382] but the following Ming dynasty (1368–1644) renewed discriminations against them. [353] The Orthodox Church, which has believers among the Russian minority and some Chinese in the far northeast and far northwest, is officially recognised in Heilongjiang. Accurate statistics on China's Muslim population are hard to find; various surveys found that they constitute 1–2% of the population of China, or between 10 and 20 million people. What’s the Fallout From the Killing of a Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist? The wall is covered with all the names of the Mongol kins. [314] Theravada Buddhism suffered from persecution during the Cultural Revolution, but after the 1980s it was revived. [174] Because "religion" refers to the bond between the human and the divine, there is always a danger that this bond be broken. This designation remained in effect until 1991. Data from the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) 2012. They also opposed the opium trade[358] and brought treatment to many who were addicted. I. The Uighurs, a Turkic people who live primarily in the autonomous region of Xinjiang in northwest China, are also predominantly Muslim. There are three state-regulated Christian organizations and many underground house churches of widely varying size. There is also a ritualistic pattern to how the dead were buried with tombs oriented west to east to symbolize deat… [20], The Zhou dynasty, which overthrew the Shang, was more rooted in an agricultural worldview, and they emphasised a more universal idea of Tian (天 "Heaven"). Religion and State in Communist China Despite Communist rule since 1949, China has maintained its vibrant spirituality and religiosity for the past 7 decades. [253], Many redemptive religions of the 20th and 21st century aspire to embody and reform Chinese tradition in the face of Western modernism and materialism. [384] In 1120, a rebellion led by Fang La was believed to have been caused by Manichaeans, and widespread crackdown of unauthorised religious assemblies took place. When the native Han Chinese Ming dynasty overthrew the Yuan dynasty in the 14th century, Christianity was again expelled from China as a foreign influence. In practice, however, monitoring and crackdowns often target peaceful activities that are protected under international law, say human rights watchdogs. All big religions have their branches in China, but their churches (if legal) are all organized within the CCP regulation under the State Administration of Religious Affairs. A crackdown on Falun Gong was launched in 1999 after the group organized a large, peaceful demonstration outside CCP headquarters to advocate the release of detained adherents and greater freedom to practice. [226], This religious economy already played a role in periods of imperial China, plays a significant role in modern Taiwan, and is seen as a driving force in the rapid economic development in parts of rural China, especially the southern and eastern coasts.[227]. [375], After the 1980s Islam experienced a renewal in China, with an upsurge in Islamic expression and the establishment Islamic associations aimed to coordinate inter-ethnic activities among Muslims. [225] Mayfair Yang (2007) studied how rituals and temples interweave to form networks of grassroots socio-economic capital for the welfare of local communities, fostering the circulation of wealth and its investment in the "sacred capital" of temples, gods and ancestors. The government condemned religious organisations, labeling them as superstitious. They share elements that go back to the 4th century BCE and to the prehistoric culture of China, such as the School of Yin and Yang and the thought of Laozi and Zhuangzi. 1 available. They (txiv neeb) regard Siv Yis as their archetype and identify as him when they are imbued by the gods. The Classic of Poetry contains several catechistic poems in the Decade of Dang questioning the authority or existence of the God of Heaven. For instance, of the twenty-eight registered churches of Yanji, only three of which are Chinese congregations, all the Korean churches have a male pastor while all the Chinese churches have a female pastor. Missionaries worked to abolish practices such as foot binding,[357] and the unjust treatment of maidservants, as well as launching charitable work and distributing food to the poor. Note that the title of "Taoist", in common Chinese usage, is generally attributed only to the, CFPS 2014 surveyed predominantly people of, The main axis of the Taoist Temple of Fortune and Longevity (, These numerical results for practitioners of the folk religions exclude those who identified with one of the institutional religions, even the 173 million folk Taoists. Religion–State Relations 4. Christianity was first introduced to China in the 7 th century. By 2011, approximately 60 million Chines… [101], A turning point was reached in 2005, when folk religious cults began to be protected and promoted under the policies of intangible cultural heritage. Muslims make up about 1.8 percent of China’s population, accounting for around twenty-two million people. [336] Deities (enduri) enliven every aspect of nature, and the worship of these gods is believed to bring favour, health and prosperity. Delegations from the Japanese Soka Gakkai and the Chinese government and intellectual class have made visits to each other, so that the society has been called an "intimate friend of the Chinese government". [104] The government's project also involved restricting Christian churches, which resulted in some removals of crosses from steeples and churches' demolition. [296] The Zhengyi sanju daoshi are trained by other priests of the same sect, and historically received formal ordination by the Celestial Master,[294][297] although the 63rd Celestial Master Zhang Enpu fled to Taiwan in the 1940s during the Chinese Civil War. The Qing made their laws more severely patriarchal than any previous dynasty, and Buddhism and Taoism were downgraded. [241] Ling (numen or sacred) coincides with the middle way between the two states, that is the inchoate order of creation. [223] The lack of an overarching name conceptualising Chinese local and indigenous cults has led to some confusion in the terminology employed in scholarly literature. The first spiritual leader of the Holy Church is the renowned scholar Jiang Qing, the founder and manager of the Yangming Confucian Abode (阳明精舍 Yángmíng jīngshě), a Confucian academy in Guiyang, Guizhou. They maintain that the reeducation camps have two purposes: to teach Mandarin, Chinese laws, and vocational skills, and to prevent citizens from being influenced by extremist ideas. These may be deities of the natural environment or ancestral principles of human groups, concepts of civility, culture heroes, many of whom feature in Chinese mythology and history. In China, Buddhism (佛教 Fójiào) is represented by a large number of people following the Mahayana, divided between two different cultural traditions, namely the schools of Chinese Buddhism followed by the Han Chinese, and the schools of Tibetan Buddhism followed by Tibetans and Mongols, but also by minorities of Han. Taoism has a distinct scriptural tradition, with the Dàodéjīng (道德经 "Book of the Way and its Virtue") of Laozi being regarded as its keystone. Trade Paperback. [317]:39–40, The propagation of Shin Buddhism in China has faced some critiques for cultural, historical and doctrinal reasons. [87] Leaders of the New Culture Movement (1916–1923) revolted against Confucianism debated whether religion was cosmopolitan spirituality or irrational superstition, and the Anti-Christian Movement of 1923 was part of a rejection of Christianity as an instrument of foreign imperialism. Through his human side, he was a descendant of 有熊氏 Yǒuxióng, the lineage of the Bear (another reference to the Ursa Major). The CFPS 2014 survey, published in early 2017, found that 15.87% of the Chinese declare to be Buddhists, 5.94% to belong to unspecified other religions, 0.85% to be Taoists, 0.81% to be members of the popular sects, 2.53% to be Christians (2.19% Protestants and 0.34% Catholics) and 0.45% to be Muslims. [7] In the early 20th century Christian communities grew, but after 1949, foreign missionaries were expelled, and churches brought under government-controlled institutions. China has the world’s largest Buddhist population, with an estimated 185–250 million practitioners, according to Freedom House. the priests, who are experts of Taoist doctrines and rites, and to their closest disciples) might be 12 million (~1%). Unlike the U.S., where church and state are technically separate, the Chinese state governs religion just as it governs other areas of life. "Tian" itself started to be used, linguistically, as an affix in composite names to mean "heavenly" or "divine". Chris White, in a 2017 work for the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity of the Max Planck Society, criticises the data and narratives put forward by these authors. Xi has expressed hope that China’s “traditional cultures” of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism could help curb the country’s “moral decline.”. In the story, a virtuous monk descends into hell to rescue his mother, who had been condemned for her transgressions. [200] In the Confucian text "On Rectification" (Zheng lun) of the Xunzi, the God of Heaven is discussed as an active power setting in motion creation. The second use is "spirits" or "gods"—the latter written in lowercase because "Chinese spirits and gods need not be seen as all-powerful, transcendent, or creators of the world". [Lester J Bilsky] COVID-19 Resources Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel). Buddhism has a long tradition in China, while Islam has been The last wave of Jewish refugees came from Poland and other eastern European countries in the early 1940s.[376]. [282], Other forms of revival are folk religious movements of salvation[283] with a Confucian focus, or Confucian churches, for example the Yidan xuetang (一耽学堂) of Beijing,[284] the Mengmutang (孟母堂) of Shanghai,[285] Confucian Shenism (儒宗神教 Rúzōng Shénjiào) or the phoenix churches,[286] the Confucian Fellowship (儒教道坛 Rújiào Dàotán) of northern Fujian,[286] and ancestral temples of the Kong (Confucius') lineage operating as churches for Confucian teaching.[285]. Israel believed in the "God of its fathers, but not its divinised fathers". [360] The scholar Richard Madsen noted that "the Christian God then becomes one in a pantheon of local gods among whom the rural population divides its loyalties". [277] Individuals may realise their humanity and become one with Heaven through the contemplation of this order. Laliberte writes that “the religious landscape of China is too fragmented for any one religion to mount a credible political challenge to the regime.”. Prior to the formation of Chinese civilisation and the spread of world religions in the region known today as East Asia (which includes the territorial boundaries of modern-day China), local tribes shared animistic, shamanic and totemic worldviews. |image5=Christianity in China (China Family Panel Studies 2012).png|caption5=Christianity[168] In 2010, the Pew Research Center estimated [PDF] that there were sixty-seven million Christians in China, roughly 5 percent of the total population, and, of these, fifty-eight million were Protestant, including both state-sanctioned and independent churches. [307]:68, 70–73, 167–168 Throughout the Tang period, Taoism itself developed elements drawn from Buddhism, including monasticism, vegetarianism, abstention from alcohol, and the doctrine of emptiness. The U.S. State Department’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom provides an overview of the limitations to freedom of religion in China. [276], By the words of Tu Weiming and other Confucian scholars who recover the work of Kang Youwei (a Confucian reformer of the early 20th century), Confucianism revolves around the pursuit of the unity of the individual self and Heaven, or, otherwise said, around the relationship between humanity and Heaven. The Vajrayana current of Chinese Buddhism is known as Tangmi (唐密 "Tang Mysteries"), as it flourished in China during the Tang dynasty (618–907) just before the great suppression of Buddhism by imperial decision. [311], Theravada Buddhism is a major form of Buddhism, practised mostly in Southeast Asia but also among some minority ethnic groups in southwest China. The government designated another child as the official Panchen Lama, though many Tibetans do not accept him as such. [378]:127 Various Chinese Buddhist monks dedicated themselves to the study of Hindu scriptures, thought and practice. [329] This is in analogy with the names of the priests of the folk religions of other peoples related to the Tibetans,[331] such as the dong ba of the Nakhi or the bø of Mongolians and other Siberian peoples. [272] Joël Thoraval finds that Confucianism expresses on a popular level in the widespread worship of five cosmological entities: Heaven and Earth (Di 地), the sovereign or the government (jūn 君), ancestors (qīn 親) and masters (shī 師). Since the 1980s, China has seen a significant growth in Christianity. From the central sulde there are strings that hold tied light blue pieces of cloth with a few white ones. In addition, ethnic minority groups practice distinctive religions, including Tibetan Buddhism, and Islam among the Hui and Uyghur peoples. There are about eleven million Uighurs in this region, making up approximately half of its population. The "dongba" ("eastern ba") are masters of the culture, literature and the script of the Nakhi. Archetypes of religion–state constitutional relationships Within the baselines of respecting religious freedom outlined above, the relations between the state and one or … In China, the state considers giving information about religious persecution as a crime equivalent to "divulging state secrets" and reserves harsh punishment for those who are caught doing this. After the first stage of the Three Kingdoms (220–280), China was partially unified under the Jin dynasty (265–420), while much of the north was governed by sixteen independent states. The state recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism. [185], Tian 天 ("Heaven" or "Sky") is the idea of absolute principle or God manifesting as the northern culmen and starry vault of the skies in Chinese common religion and philosophy. [393] Given the differences between Western and Chinese concepts of "religion", Hu Shih stated in the 1920s what has been translated in Western terminology as "China is a country without religion and the Chinese are a people who are not bound by religious superstitions".[394]. It is centred on the worship of the tngri (gods) and the highest Tenger (Heaven, God of Heaven, God) or Qormusta Tengri. Waves of missionaries came to China in the Qing period as a result of contact with foreign powers. This book offers a broad overview of ancient, Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox sites in contemporary 1990’s China. After the late 1970s, religious freedoms for Christians improved and new Chinese groups emerged. The two major festivals involving ancestor worship are the Qingming Festival and the Double Ninth Festival, but veneration of ancestors is held in many other ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, and triad initiations. 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