", Overmyer (2009, p. 73), says that from the late 19th to the 20th century few professional priests (i.e. © 2019 Encyclopedia.com | All rights reserved. China hosted religious meetings and conferences including the first World Buddhist Forum in 2006 and the subsequent World Buddhist Forums, a number of international Taoist meetings and local conferences on folk religions. [262], Another category that has been sometimes confused with that of the folk salvationist movements by scholars is that of the secret societies (會道門 huìdàomén, 祕密社會 mìmì shèhuì, or 秘密結社 mìmì jiéshè). Small communities following the Theravada exist among minority ethnic groups who live in the southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi, bordering Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, but also some among the Li people of Hainan follow such tradition. 民俗宗教 mínsú zōngjiào), or "Chinese ethnic religion" (i.e. [105], André Laliberté noted that despite there having been much talk about "persecution against religion (especially Christianity) in China", one should not jump to hasty conclusions, since "a large proportion of the population worship, pray, perform rituals and hold certain beliefs with the full support of the Party. Often this transmission is oral, but there also exists a long tradition of popular written texts recording myths, rituals, and scriptures. The office of Director General of Shipping was consistently held by a Muslim. Between 143 and 198, starting with the grandfather Zhang Daoling and culminating with Zhang Lu, the Zhang lineage had been organising the territory into dioceses or parishes, establishing a Taoist theocracy, the early Celestial Masters' Church (in Chinese variously called 五斗米道 Wǔdǒumǐdào, "Way of the Five Pecks of Rice", and later 天师道 Tiānshīdào, "Way of the Celestial Masters", or 正一道 Zhèngyīdào, "Way of the Orthodox Unity"). The late Tang dynasty saw the spread of the cult of the City Gods in direct bond to the development of the cities as centres of commerce and the rise in influence of merchant classes. Confucianism originated during the Spring and Autumn period and developed metaphysical and cosmological elements in the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE),[275] to match the developments in Buddhism and Taoism which were dominant among the populace. From Religions Wiki. In this context, Christianity not only represents a small proportion of the population, but its adherents are still seen by the majority who observe traditional rituals as followers of a foreign religion that sets them apart from the body of society. Confucianism holds one in contempt when he fails to uphold the cardinal moral values of ren and yi. [183], Lineage cults of the founders of surnames and kins are religious microcosms which are part of a larger organism, that is the cults of the ancestor-gods of regional and ethnic groups, which in turn are part of a further macrocosm, the cults of virtuous historical figures that have had an important impact in the history of China, notable examples including Confucius, Guandi, or Huangdi, Yandi and Chiyou, the latter three considered ancestor-gods of the Han Chinese (Huangdi and Yandi) and of western minority ethnicities and foreigners (Chiyou). The performance of rites (礼 lǐ) is the key characteristic of common Chinese religion, which scholars see as going back to Neolithic times. The Classic of Poetry contains several catechistic poems in the Decade of Dang questioning the authority or existence of the God of Heaven. [342] Every aobao represents a god; there are aobaoes dedicated to heavenly gods, mountain gods, other gods of nature, and also to gods of human lineages and agglomerations. [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. Encyclopedia.com. You will probably encounter Confucianism and Confucian thoughts and principles during your time in China. Though Buddhism originated in India, it has a long history and tradition in China and today is the country’s largest institutionalized religion. Call in advance to inquire if there is English-languages service. [338]:60–61, Various gods (dab or neeb, the latter defining those who work with shamans) enliven the world. [178] The remembrance of the past and of ancestors is important for individuals and groups. In its interior, the temple enshrines a statue of Genghis Khan (at the center) and four of his men on each side (the total making nine, a symbolic number in Mongolian culture), there is an altar where offerings to the godly men are made, and three white suldes made with white horse hair. [109]:47 One scholar concludes that statistics on religious believers in China "cannot be accurate in a real scientific sense", since definitions of "religion" exclude people who do not see themselves as members of a religious organisation but are still "religious" in their daily actions and fundamental beliefs. The traditions of the "Nine Fields" (九野 Jiǔyě) and of the Yijing flourished. [60], In latter Han-dynasty description of the cosmology of the five forms of God by Sima Qian, it is important that the Yellow Emperor was portrayed as the grandfather of the Black Emperor (黑帝 Hēidì) of the north who personifies as well the pole stars, and as the tamer of the Flaming Emperor (炎帝 Yándì, otherwise known as the "Red Emperor"), his half-brother, who is the spirit of the southern Chinese populations known collectively as Chu in the Zhou dynasty. Confucius (551–479 BCE) appeared in this period of political decadence and spiritual questioning. Low response rates, non-random samples, and adverse political and cultural climates are persistent problems. Confucius conceived these qualities as the foundation needed to restore socio-political harmony. Teiser, Stephen F. The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. [311] This movement has been favoured by the proselytism of Chinese-speaking Tibetan lamas throughout China. Religion in Taiwan is characterised by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices, predominantly those pertaining to the continued preservation of the ancient Chinese culture and religion. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism…religion in Beijing is as diverse as its architecture; temples, churches, mosques and synagogues are all present. [77], The principle of reciprocity between the human and the divine, which was strengthened during the Tang dynasty, led to changes in the pantheon that reflected changes in the society. 鬼法界, 鬼界 is "the realm of hungry ghosts". 21 Dec. 2020 . [274] The scholar Joseph Adler concludes that Confucianism is not so much a religion in the Western sense, but rather "a non-theistic, diffused religious tradition", and that Tian is not so much a personal God but rather "an impersonal absolute, like dao and Brahman". As of 2010 approximately 5% of the population of Macau self-identifies as Christian, predominantly Catholic.[163]. Ancestors are evoked as gods and kept alive in these ceremonies to bring good luck and protect from evil forces and ghosts.[182]. Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Data from the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) 2012. [346]:290, The reason of such strong identification of Yao religion with Taoism is that in Yao society every male adult is initiated as a Taoist. [181] Rituals and sacrifices are employed not only to seek blessing from the ancestors, but also to create a communal and educational religious environment in which people are firmly linked with a glorified history. [147][148], Many scholars see "north Chinese religion" as distinct from practices in the south. [149] The folk religion of southern and southeastern provinces is primarily focused on the lineages and their churches (zōngzú xiéhuì 宗族协会) and the worship of ancestor-gods. ETHNONYMS: Haknyin, K'e-chia, Kejia, Keren, Lairen, Ngai, Xinren The shared sense of Yao identity is further based on tracing back Yao origins to a mythical ancestor, Panhu.[346]:48–49. |image4=Buddhism in China (China Family Panel Studies 2012).png|caption4=Buddhism[168] [note 9] Northern and southern folk religions also have a different pantheon, of which the northern one is composed of more ancient gods of Chinese mythology. Both Roman Catholics and Protestants founded numerous educational institutions in China from the primary to the university level. Folk religion refers to the indigenous beliefs held all over the world, especially prior to the introduction of large, organized religions like Christianity and secular movements like science and reason. [4][5]:138 Under subsequent leaders, religious organisations were given more autonomy. [174] The Chinese concept of "religion" draws the divine near to the human world. Confucian liturgies are alternated with Taoist liturgies and popular ritual styles. [201] In the tradition of New Text Confucianism, Confucius is regarded as a "throne-less king" of the God of Heaven and a savior of the world. By the words of Stephan Feuchtwang, in Chinese cosmology "the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy" (hundun 混沌 and qi), organising as the polarity of yin and yang which characterises any thing and life. During the Cultural Revolution, mosques were often defaced, closed or demolished, and copies of the Quran were destroyed by the Red Guards. The aobaoes for worship of ancestral gods may be private shrines of an extended family or kin (people sharing the same surname), otherwise they are common to villages (dedicated to the god of a village), banners or leagues. The Han state religion itself was "ethnicised" by associating the cosmological deities to regional populations. Many temples in China also claim to preserve relics of the original Gautama Buddha. [306] Chan Buddhism in particular was shaped by Taoism, developing distrust of scriptures and even language, as well as typical Taoist views emphasising "this life", the "moment", and dedicated practices. [205], In Chinese religion, Tian is both transcendent and immanent,[206] inherent in the multiple phenomena of nature (polytheism or cosmotheism, yǔzhòu shénlùn 宇宙神论). [93] Later onwards, the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) involved a systematic effort to destroy religion[81][90] and New Confucianism. The Tibetan tradition has also been gaining a growing influence among the Han Chinese. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. Instead, "Chinese religion" is a term describing the complex interaction of different religious and philosophical traditions that have been influential in China. [349], "Shigongism" refers to the dimension led by the shīgōng (师公) ritual specialists, a term which may be translated variously as "ancestral father" or "teaching master", and which refers both to the principle of the universe (God) and to the men who are able to represent it. During the Japanese invasion of China between 1937 and 1945 many temples were used as barracks by soldiers and destroyed in warfare. Zoroastrianism (琐罗亚斯德教 Suǒluōyàsīdéjiào or 祆教 Xiānjiào, "Heaven worship teaching"; also named 波斯教 Bōsījiào, "Persian teaching"; also 拜火教 Bàihuǒjiào, "fire-worshippers' transmission"; also 白頭教 Báitóujiào, "old age teaching")[387][388]:149 was first introduced in northern China in the 4th century, or even earlier, by the Sogdians, and it developed through three stages. All religious communities, including those of major faiths like Christianity and Islam, have been threatened. Counting the number of religious people anywhere is hard; counting them in China is even harder. They combine two aspects: the wénchǎng (文场 "cultural field"), which is a doctrinal aspect characterised by elaborate cosmologies, theologies, and liturgies, and usually taught only to initiates; and the wǔchǎng (武场 "martial field"), that is the practice of bodily cultivation, usually shown as the "public face" of the sect. Taoism may be described, as does the scholar and Taoist initiate Kristofer Schipper in The Taoist Body (1986), as a doctrinal and liturgical framework or structure for developing the local cults of indigenous religion. These "spirits" are associated with stars, mountains, and streams and directly influence what happens in the natural and human world. During his early political career in the 1980s, Xi was the secretary of Zhengding County in Hebei, where he allied himself with Chan master Youming and helped the reconstruction of the county's Buddhist temples, explicitly expressing interest towards Buddhism. These attitudes began to change in the late 20th century, and contemporary scholars generally have a positive vision of popular religion. [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. Shanghai was particularly notable for its numerous Jewish refugees, who gathered in the so-called Shanghai Ghetto. FOLK RELIGION IN CHINA Exorcism in the 1920s Spiritual beliefs and superstitions still abound in China even though they are frowned upon and in some cases suppressed by the authorities. [244] Sanyiism is another folk religious organisation founded in the 16th century, which is present in the Putian region (Xinghua) of Fujian where it is legally recognised. To resolve this issue, some Chinese intellectuals have proposed to formally adopt "Chinese native religion" or "Chinese indigenous religion" (i.e. [378]:133–134 Shaktism itself was practised in China in the Tang period. Worship is devoted to gods and immortals (shén and xiān), who may be founders of human groups and lineages, deities of stars, earthly phenomena, and of human behaviour.[233]. [209], Shen are opposed in several ways to guǐ 鬼 ("ghosts", or "demons"). Aobaoes (敖包 áobāo) are sacrificial altars of the shape of mounds that are traditionally used for worship by Mongols and related ethnic groups. [16], Ancient shamanism is especially connected to ancient Neolithic cultures such as the Hongshan culture. [368]:33 Yanbian Korean churches have been a matter of controversy for the Chinese government because of their links to South Korean churches. Russian Orthodoxy was introduced in 1715, and Protestant missions began entering China in 1807. The last wave of Jewish refugees came from Poland and other eastern European countries in the early 1940s.[376]. Mediatory individuals such as shamans communicated prayers, sacrifices or offerings directly to the spiritual world, a heritage that survives in some modern forms of Chinese religion. [159] In Tibet, across broader western China, and in Inner Mongolia, there has been a growth of the cult of Gesar with the explicit support of the Chinese government, Gesar being a cross-ethnic Han-Tibetan, Mongol and Manchu deity—the Han identify him as an aspect of the god of war analogically with Guandi—and culture hero whose mythology is embodied in a culturally important epic poem. [317]:41–42 Doctrinal critiques are based on the attribution of "unfiliality" to Shin Buddhism, because it was not influenced by Chinese folk religion as Chinese Buddhism was, and therefore does not have firmly established practices for ancestor worship. [240], In Chinese religion yin and yang constitute the polarity that describes the order of the universe,[203] held in balance by the interaction of principles of growth or expansion (shen) and principles of waning or contraction (gui),[6] with act (yang) usually preferred over receptiveness (yin). [44], According to Zhou Youguang, Confucianism's name in Chinese, basically 儒 rú, originally referred to shamanic methods of holding rites and existed before Confucius' times, but with Confucius it came to mean devotion to propagating such teachings to bring civilisation to the people. Teiser, Stephen F. The Ghost Festival in Medieval China. They did not proselytise among Chinese, and from this period there are only two known fragments of Zoroastrian literature, both in Sogdian language. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1976. [88], The Nationalist-governed Republic of China intensified the suppression of local religion. Most Chinese people don’t belong to any religious organizations, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pray to or worship any Gods. Yin and yang are the invisible and the visible, the receptive and the active, the unshaped and the shaped; they characterise the yearly cycle (winter and summer), the landscape (shady and bright), the sexes (female and male), and even sociopolitical history (disorder and order). A few years later, an Islamic army called the Kansu Braves, led by the general Dong Fuxiang, fought for the Qing dynasty against the foreigners during the Boxer Rebellion. Although a lower 215 million, or 16% said they "believed in the existence" of ancestral spirits. Most Chinese people don’t belong to any religious organizations, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pray to or worship any Gods. It was chosen to translate the Western concept "religion" only at the end of the 19th century, when Chinese intellectuals adopted the Japanese term shūkyō (pronounced zongjiao in Chinese). [279] In 2003, the Confucian intellectual Kang Xiaoguang published a manifesto in which he made four suggestions: Confucian education should enter official education at any level, from elementary to high school; the state should establish Confucianism as the state religion by law; Confucian religion should enter the daily life of ordinary people, a purpose achievable through a standardisation and development of doctrines, rituals, organisations, churches and activity sites; the Confucian religion should be spread through non-governmental organisations. Karma linked the afterlife with individual effort, which created the terrifying realm of hell, but also opened up new possibilities for salvation. Protestants were characterised by a prevalence of people living in the countryside, women, illiterates and semi-literates, and elderly people. [158] Otherwise, in the religious context of Inner Mongolia there has been a significant integration of Han Chinese into the traditional folk religion of the region. In the early 8th century, Manichaeism became the official religion of the Uyghur Khaganate. [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"). Chinese folk religion is occasionally observed as a constituent a part of Chinese classic religion, but more typically, the two are regarded as synonymous. [75], Under the influence of foreign cultures and thought systems, new concepts to refer to the supreme God were formulated, such as Tiānzhōngtiān (天中天 "God of the Gods"), seemingly introduced by Yuezhi Buddhist missionaries to render the Sanskrit Devātideva (of the same meaning) or Bhagavān from their Iranian sources. The People's Republic of China was proclaimed in the aftermath of the Communist Party's triumph in the Chinese Civil War by Mao Zedong on October 1, 1949.For much of its early history, the People's Republic of China maintained a hostile attitude toward religion which was seen as emblematic of feudalism and foreign colonialism. In addition, Western and Korean missionaries are being expelled. [317]:39–40, The propagation of Shin Buddhism in China has faced some critiques for cultural, historical and doctrinal reasons. [104] The government's project also involved restricting Christian churches, which resulted in some removals of crosses from steeples and churches' demolition. [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]. [203] In Taoist theology, the God of Heaven is discussed as the Jade Purity (玉清 Yùqīng), the "Heavenly Honourable of the First Beginning" (元始天尊 Yuánshǐ Tiānzūn), the central of the Three Pure Ones—who represent the centre of the universe and its two modalities of manifestation. Chinese folk religion also retains traces of some of its ancestral neolithic belief systems which include the veneration of (and communication with) the sun, moon, earth, the heaven, and various stars, as well as communication with animals. The appeal of folk religion is a powerful and unifying one. [202] Neo-Confucian thinkers such as Zhu Xi (1130–1200) developed the idea of Lǐ 理, the "reason", "order" of Heaven, which unfolds in the polarity of yin and yang. Chinese folk religion is occasionally observed as a constituent a part of Chinese classic religion, but more typically, the two are regarded as synonymous. Some scholars also consider the reconstruction of lineage churches and their ancestral temples, as well as of cults and temples of natural gods and national heroes within broader Chinese traditional religion, as part of the renewal of Confucianism. Religion in China (CFPS 2014)[1][2][note 1]. This line of thought would have influenced all Chinese individual and collective-political mystical theories and practices thereafter. [278] Yi is "righteousness", which consists in the ability to always maintain a moral disposition to do good things. The Qing made their laws more severely patriarchal than any previous dynasty, and Buddhism and Taoism were downgraded. FOLK RELIGION, CHINAMuch has been written about Buddhism's conversation with Confucianism and Daoism since its arrival in China by the first century c.e. [349] "Moism" refers to the dimension led by mógōng (摩公), who are vernacular ritual specialists able to transcribe and read texts written in Zhuang characters and lead the worship of Buluotuo and of the goddess Muliujia. A Summary of French Studies on Chinese Religion", "Religions & Christianity in Today's China", "The Politics of Legitimation and the Revival of Popular Religion in Shaanbei, North-Central China", "Towards the City! The story Mulian Rescues His Mother, for instance, is a parable dated back to the 3rd century, which adapts an originally Buddhist fable to show Confucian values of filial piety. Folk (or popular) religion negotiates the relationship of the individual, the family, and the local community with the spirit world by means of beliefs and practices that are transmitted outside the canonical scriptural traditions of China. [50] Qin Shihuang personally held sacrifices to Di at Mount Tai, a site dedicated to the worship of the supreme God since pre-Xia times, and in the suburbs of the capital Xianyang. Some of the spirits are close connected to these forces of nature. After the 12th century, Theravada Buddhist influence into the region began to come from Thailand. It began to grow to become a significant influence in China proper only after the fall of the Han dynasty, in the period of political division. During the efflorescence of Buddhism in the Southern and Northern dynasties, Fan Zhen wrote On the Extinction of the Soul (神灭论 Shénmièlùn) to criticise ideas of body-soul dualism, samsara and karma. Francis Ching-Wah Yip, in Miller, 2006. p. 186. The Jesuits followed a policy of adaptation of Catholicism to traditional Chinese religious practices, especially ancestor worship. [320], Various Chinese non-Han minority populations practise unique indigenous religions. According to Yiyi Lu, discussing the reconstruction of Chinese civil society:[251], In December 2015, the Chinese Folk Temples' Management Association was formally established with the approval of the government of China and under the aegis of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. [261] All these movements were banned in the early Republic of China (1912–49) and later People's Republic. They originated as masters of the Tibetan Bon religion ("Ba" in Nakhi language), many of whom, in times of persecution when Buddhism became the dominant religion in Tibet, were expelled and dispersed to the eastern marches settling among Nakhi and other eastern peoples. Scholar Valerie Hansen argues that the City God is not a homegrown cult, but has its prototype in the Indian Vaiśravaṇa as a guardian deity. Taoism, Confucianism, Budhism, and Folk Traditions have been prominent in forming Chinese culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. Prospects for a better personal life and salvation appealed to the masses who were periodically hit by natural disasters and galvanised by uprisings organised by self-proclaimed "kings" and "heirs". [334]:63 They worship nature and generation, in the form of many heavenly gods and spirits, chthonic Shu (spirits of the earth represented in the form of chimera-dragon-serpent beings), and ancestors.[334]:86. The "dongba" ("eastern ba") are masters of the culture, literature and the script of the Nakhi. Today, Chinese religion is a complex mix of Chinese folk religion, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Communist anti-religious sentiment. Tangmi, together with the broader religious tradition of Tantrism (in Chinese: 怛特罗 Dátèluō or 怛特罗密教 Dátèluó mìjiào; which may include Hindu forms of religion)[86]:3 has undergone a revitalisation since the 1980s together with the overall revival of Buddhism. Disillusioned with the widespread vulgarisation of the rituals to access Tian, he began to preach an ethical interpretation of traditional Zhou religion. Christianity has been practiced in Hong Kong since 1841. 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. These are Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. These Muslim generals belonged to the Khufiyya sect, while rebels belonged to the Jahariyya sect. [253] They generally emerged from the common religion but are separate from the lineage cults of ancestors and progenitors, as well as from the communal worship of deities of village temples, neighbourhood, corporation, or national temples. Buddhism's success in China can be measured directly by its impact on this religion of the people. The arrival of the Persian missionary Alopen in 635, during the early period of the Tang dynasty, is considered by some to be the first entry of Christianity in China. 73.56% of the population does not belong to the state-sanctioned religions. Today, the Kaifeng Jewish community is functionally extinct. The Taiping Rebellion (1850–1871) was influenced to some degree by Christian teachings, and the Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901) was in part a reaction against Christianity in China. In Mongolian folk religion, Genghis Khan is considered one of the embodiments, if not the most important embodiment, of the Tenger. 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. [207] The shén 神, as explained in the Shuowen Jiezi, "are the spirits of Heaven. Creation is therefore a continuous ordering; it is not a creation ex nihilo. [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. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994. [97] In the early 2000s, the Chinese government became open especially to traditional religions such as Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and folk religion, emphasising the role of religion in building a "Harmonious Society" (hexie shehui),[98] a Confucian idea. [352], Christianity (基督教 Jīdūjiào, "religion of Christ") in China comprises Protestantism (基督教新教 Jīdūjiào xīnjiào, "New-Christianity"), Roman Catholicism (天主教 Tiānzhǔjiào, "religion of the Lord of Heaven"), and a small number of Orthodox Christians (正教 Zhèngjiào). [19], Libbrecht distinguishes two layers in the development of the Chinese theology and religion that continues to this day, traditions derived respectively from the Shang (1600–1046 BCE) and subsequent Zhou dynasties (1046–256 BCE). 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. Historical record and contemporary scholarly fieldwork testify certain central and northern provinces of China as hotbeds of folk religious sects and Confucian religious groups. When the Uyghur Khaganate was defeated by the Kyrgyz in 840, Manichaeism's fortune vanished as anti-foreign sentiment arose among the Chinese. China is also often considered a home to humanism and secularism, this-worldly ideologies beginning in the time of Confucius. [73]:3.2, Representatives of Jiangnan's indigenous religions responded to the spread of Celestial Masters' Taoism by reformulating their own traditions according to the imported religion. 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". [303] The Chinese usage distinguishes the Chinese "Wuism" tradition (巫教 Wūjiào; properly shamanic, in which the practitioner has control over the force of the god and may travel to the underworld) from the tongji tradition (童乩; southern mediumship, in which the practitioner does not control the force of the god but is guided by it), and from non-Han Chinese Altaic shamanisms (萨满教 sàmǎnjiào) which are practised in northern provinces. 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