Archives for May, 2015

The Elixir of Religion

The Elixir of Religion (6801 words 02.06.05) From the earliest days of man, some form or other of religious beliefs has shaped his conduct, his pursuits, and his community. Fundamentally it comes down to the fear of death and the pursuit of immortality. So let us examine, broadly, how some religions view afterlife. The following […]

Shamans of China

Folk Religion in China (13558 words 26.05.05) Spiritual beliefs and superstitions still abound in China even though they are frowned upon and in some cases suppressed by the authorities. Ancient rites and customs thrive in almost every village, town and city across China, There are literally millions of ancestral shrines and temples honoring local heroes, […]

Chinese Religious History

China is one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, and Chinese religion is one of the oldest forms of religion. Evidence of burial practices has been dated to as early as 5000 BCE. Today, Chinese religion is a complex mix of Chinese folk religion, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Communist anti-religious sentiment. In order to […]