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Chinese Folk Religion
Transcript of Chinese Folk Religion
By: Marlene, Reece, Robert & Paul
Sometimes categorized with Taoism
Expectations of a follower
Tao Te Ching
The Chinese deities (gods and goddesses)
The Jiuhuang Dadi
What do they teach?
sinners descend to hell
there are 2 souls (dual soul)
10 courts, each ruled by one of the 10 Yama Kings & 18 levels in which sinners are punished
refers to the energy flow or life
Ghosts, spirits and demons
evil spirits travel in straight lines
not all spirits are evil
ghosts receive most attention during ghost month
avoid conflict and solve problems peacefully
How does one become a follower?
do not demand exclusive adherence to a particular religion
Rituals & celebrations
everything has a spirit
Popular Beliefs & Superstitions
Look at the roads!
Origin of Shenism
originated thousands of years ago
What civilization was it a part of?
Han Chinese ethnic groups
Rituals & Celebrations
What kinds of rituals do they have?
talismans are inscribed on paper
sacrifices to ancestors or deities performed
Origin of Shenism
Chinese folk religion-inspired society
Shenism is a branch of Taoism
more than 30% Shenism/Taoism
Folk religion/Chinese philosophy
Taoism focuses on living in peace with "tao"
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