East Asian Religions

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The East Asian religions or Taoic religions form a subset of 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

Common Concepts in East Asian Religions

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Chinese prayers


Main articles

Confucian beliefs and the theories

Confucian practices

History of Confucianism

Confucian Texts

Confucian Gods and deities

Religion in China

Influential Confucians

Other articles


Religions in Japan

Religion of Japan

Shinto beliefs and the theories

Shinto practices

Variations of Shinto

Shinto Deities

Shinto Texts

Shinto culture


Main articles

History of Taoism

Taoist beliefs and the theories

Taoist practices

Taoist Texts

Influential Taoists

The Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching

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East Asian Religions in SLife

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Shinto-inspired religions

Other Religions

Mongolian religions

Vietnamese religions


Other Religions

Chinese religions

Chinese philosophy schools

Japanese religions

Korean religions