East Asian Religions

The East Asian religions or Taoic religions form a subset of the Eastern religions. This group includes Chinese religion overall, which further includes ancestral worship, Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism and so-called popular salvationist organisations (such as Yiguandao and Weixinism), as well as elements drawn from Mahayana Buddhism that form the core of Chinese Buddhism and East Asian Buddhism at large. The group also includes Japanese Shintoism and Korean Sindoism (both meaning “Ways of Gods” and identifying the indigenous shamanic religion and ancestor worship of such peoples), which have received influences from Chinese religions throughout the centuries. Chinese salvationist religions have influenced the rise of Korean and Japanese new religions—for instance, respectively, Jeungsanism, and Tenriism; these movements draw upon indigenous traditions but are heavily influenced by Chinese philosophy and theology.

All these religious traditions, more or less, share core Chinese concepts of spirituality, divinity and world order, including Tao 道 (“Way”; pinyin dào, Japanese  or , and Korean do) and Tian 天 (“Heaven”; Japanese ten, and Korean cheon).

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Dragons, Asian culture

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to East Asian Religions:

Common Concepts in East Asian Religions

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Chinese prayers

Articles of East Asian Religions


Main articles

Confucian Texts

Confucian beliefs

Confucian Gods and deities

Confucian practices

History of Confucianism

Influential Confucians

Other articles


Shinto beliefs 

Shinto Deities

Variations of Shinto

Amaterasu, one of the central kami in the Shinto faith

Amaterasu, one of the central kami in the Shinto faith

Shinto culture

Shinto Texts

Shinto practices

Religion of Japan


Taoist beliefs

Taoist Texts

Bagua: Modern Taijitu with I Ching trigrams

Bagua: Modern Taijitu with I Ching trigrams

Taoist practices

The Chinese character for dao

The Chinese character for dao

History of Taoism

Influential Taoists

The Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching

Known East Asian Religions

Main articles


Main article: Confucianism


Main article: Shintoism and State Shinto

Shinto-inspired religions