Chinese Religion

Chinese Traditional Religion

Fast Facts: Chinese Traditional Religion
Adherents 394 million
Beliefs Dualistic yin and yang; mythological beings and folk deities.
Practices Ancestor worship, prayer, longevity practices, divination, prophecy and astrology, feng shui.
Holidays Chinese New Year, Moon Festival
Texts none

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. 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. This section focuses on Chinese folk or indigenous religion, but reference is also made to the other traditions.

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Title Chinese Traditional Religion
Last UpdatedJanuary 29, 2021
MLA Citation “Chinese Traditional Religion.” 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021. <>