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Religions of China Syncretism - following more than one religion at one time. A. Confucian- customs and traditions B. Buddhist- rituals and worship C. Taoist- outlook, literature, philosophy, art, and music I. Origins A. Confucianism and Taoism are indigenous to China B. Buddhism brought to China by Indian Buddhists monks around 100 AD. II. Traditional Chinese Beliefs A. Before Confucianism and Daoism became full-fledged religions, Chinese held beliefs which helped to form their 2 religious traditions. III. Beliefs 1. Spirits – Early system was polytheistic, spirits active in nature. 2. Shang ti or tian - high power ruling the universe; a personal God. 3. Ancestor Worship - ancestors die, became spirits watching over us. 4. Yang and Yin - male/female, strong/weak, light/dark, opposite but complementary. 5. Divinations - the Book of Changes (I-Ching); methods of knowing future. 6. Harsh life, natural catastrophes; forces to understand patterns of nature to live in harmony. IV.
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2011 for the course REL 2300 taught by Professor Kassim during the Summer '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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