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Religions of China 1 Major Religions of China Emily Messman Arizona State University March 1, 2017 Religions of China 2 China is a vast country with several popular religions. The main religions include Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Taoism originated in China in the 6th cen
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    Religions of ChinaMajor Religions of ChinaEmily MessmanArizona State UniversityMarch 1, 2017 1    Religions of ChinaChina is a vast contry !ith several o lar religions# $he main religions incl%e $aoism,&%%hism, an% Confcianism# $aoism srcinate% in China in the ' th  centry &CE# $he   hiloso her, (ao $ze left everything to ri%e !est on an o)# *hen he came across a montain   ass, the gar%ian as+e% (ao $ze to !rite %o!n his teachings !hich then ecame the sacre% oo+ of $ao, or the -oo%ejing .UR/ i%s, 2002# &%%hism is another major religion in China# $his srcinate% aot 200 years ago in /n%ia# $he fon%er !as Si%%hartha 3atama !ho reache% nirvana an% ecame &%%ha .UR/ i%s, 2002# Confcianism egan aron% 1 &CE# Confcis!as a hiloso her !ho gave  his government jo so that he col% s en% his time teaching   eo le ho! to ro erly live an% ehave .UR/ i%s, 2002#Religion is a highly inflential as ect of eo les4 social lives# 5or e)am le, &%%hism teaches a !ay of living# Me%itation is an im ortant act that &%%hists %o often so that they can also reach enlightenment .UR/ i%s, 2002# Me%itation has s rea% across the !orl% over the years# 6eo le !ho %o not ractice &%%hism an% even eo le !ho follo! other religions can an%%o me%itate# Some eo le %escrie Confcianism similarly to &%%hism in that it is a !ay of living# $he asic teachings of Confcis %escrie% ho! to e a goo% erson an% ho! to e in contact !ith the s irital !orl% .UR/ i%s, 2002# $aoism is also very closely relate% to these i%eas# $o%ay, $aoism, &%%hism, an% Confcianism are often comine% ecase they vale the same rinci les .UR/ i%s, 2002# &%%hists have sacre% laces that they visit# Some of these locations incl%e the (mini3rove !here Si%%hartha 3atama !as orn, &o%h 3aya !here &%%ha reache% enlightenment, Sarnarth, an% sinara# 5or Confcianism, the tem le in f !here Confcis !as orn is consi%ere% a holy lace .8Sacre% Sites an% 9oly 6laces:, 200;# Unli+e &%%hism, this sacre%   lace is locate% in China# Mont $aishan in Shan%ong is the easternmost montain of China4s 2    Religions of Chinamost sacre% montains# $his is a site that eo le come to me%itate an% offer sacrifices# /n 1;<7, this montain ecame art of the !orl%4s cltral heritage list .8Mont $aishan:, 200=# $his is also locate% in China li+e the Confcis holy lace# >ver the corse of China4s history, religion an% government have een han% in han%# Confcianism enforce% that morals an% olitical athority !ere tie% together efore Rome even  ecame an em ire .-&ois, 2011# &%%hism !as a !ay of forming olitical relations et!een China an% the orean eninsla an% ?a an# /ncarnate%, or the hman emo%iments of &%%has an% lamas !ere the ones hol%ing real o!er in China .-&ois, 2011# 6olitics in China have  een roote% in mlti le religions for centries# Any religion that !as not n%er government control !as anne% an% the follo!ers !ere ersecte% .-&ois, 2011#/t is very eye@o ening to see ho! religion is so %ifferent in other contries an% regions# /nthe Unite% States, the se aration of religion an% government is a constittional rinci le# et in China, it is fascinating that religion !as never meant to e se arate from the government an%   olitics# /t !as also interesting to learn that the major religions in China are often comine%, !hereas in other religions, it is a main i%ea that all other religions are false an% invali%# China is a a%vantageos an% sefl contry to st%y religion ecase there are several im ortant religions that s rea% across the !orl%# 3    Religions of China*or+s Cite%-&ois, $# -# .2011, May 2=# $he Relation &et!een Religion an% 3overnment in China# Retrieve% March 01, 2017, from htt B!!!#hffington ost#comthomas@%avi%@%oischina@religionDD<'';#htmlMont $aishan# .200=, Se temer 12# Retrieve% March 01, 2017, from htt B!!!#china#org#cnenglish+ai)n7<'=#htm># .200;, -ecemer 2;# Sacre% Sites an% 9oly 6laces# Retrieve% March 01, 2017, from htt Bconfcianismreveale%#logs ot#com200;12sacre%@sites@an%@holy@ laces#htmlUR/ i%s BB *orl% Religions# .2002# Retrieve% March 01, 2017, from htt B!!!#ri#org+i%sotherDconf#htm 4
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