Religions of Ancient China


Book Details

Author  Herbert A. Giles
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   October 15, 2008
ISBN  1606801279
Pages  62

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Religion in China has been characterized by pluralism since the beginning of Chinese history. Temples of many different religions dot China's landscape, particularly those of Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese folk religion. Mahayana Buddhism remains the largest organized religion in China since its introduction in the 1st century.

The study of religion in China is complicated by several factors. Many Chinese belief systems have concepts of a sacred and sometimes spiritual natural world yet do not always invoke a concept of personal god (with the exception of Heaven worship, the imperial cult, that was based on serving an omnipotent, judicious, monotheistic, and supreme being called Shangdi). (Quote from

About the Author

Herbert Allen Giles (8 December 1845 - 13 February 1935) was a British diplomat and sinologist, educated at Charterhouse.

He modified a Mandarin Chinese Romanization system established by Thomas Wade earlier, resulting in the Wade-Giles Chinese transliteration system. (Quote from

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

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