Chinese Religions Throughout The Dynasties
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hey guys thanks for watching the tonality it's my champ China is one of the most ancient civilizations on earth and religious practices in this country dates back to more than 7,000 years and today Chinese religion has become a complex combination of folk religion the three main religions of Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism and the entire religious sentiment of the Communist doctrine hence the term Tiny's religion as we know it now refers to a diverse and complex collection of many traditions and beliefs and in order for us to understand the modern expression of Chinese religion it becomes necessary for us to learn how and win various religions formed and reign supreme and how much they developed in influence Chinese civilization throughout its long history so let's start with Neolithic China contemporary Chinese religion is the product of continuous historical developments from prehistoric times in that period the area of present-day China was inhabited by a large number of tribal groups that eventually developed agriculture and archaeological records indicates that these small villages and communities gradually progress toward more complex technology and social stratification there is also some evidence for prehistoric religious activities particularly involving the dead who were often buried in segregated cemeteries with the bodies heads positioned toward a single cardinal direction there was also some concern over the precise ordering of ritual acts which is perhaps an early version over the importance placed on universal order and patterning and later Chinese cosmology in addition there is also evidence of people who acted as divination specialists as early as the 4th millennium BCE while the 3rd millennium BC saw the rise of interest in building tomb ramps and coffin chambers early forms of ancestor worship also began during this period by the time of the shang dynasty between 1600 to 1050 BCE religion had developed to the point that people established a definite king of the gods referred to as shanti along with many lesser gods of other names that people also held a strong belief in ghosts proven by evidence in a form of amulets and charms and the written ghost stories during this time which considered to be among the earliest form of Chinese literature divination also became a significant part of Chinese religious beliefs during the Shang Dynasty with some individuals performing mystical and psychic abilities by telling another person's future through oracle bolts as we moved to the Jol dynasty between 1046 and 256 BCE to become more unified turning into a single civilization at the same time religious ideas from different regions of the area interacted with each other and begin to assimilate both commoners and the elite believed in God ghosts ancestors and omens and they practice divination sacrifice and exorcism Joe ancestors were believed to live in a celestial court presided over by the Joe High God Qin it was also during the Jo dynasty that the concept of the Mandate of Heaven was developed in this civilization also eventually gave way to the teachings of Confucius whose teachings emphasized virtue humanity the value of social relationships and just leadership in the time of the Qin Dynasty between 221 and 206 BC ad Emperor Qin Japan became infamous for his suppression of religion and other philosophical perspectives during his reign legalism was the state philosophy of the Qin government and the citizens were subjected to harsh penalties for violating even minor laws though he suppressed his people's religious beliefs he himself was obsessed in conquering debt by searching for the key to achieving immortality however he failed because he died in 210 BC II while searching for immortality on a tour through his kingdom the han dynasty between 206 BCE and 220 CE was the first dynasty in China to embrace confusion ISM which became the ideological foundation of all regimes from then on until the day Imperial China medicine the ring of the han dynasty was a period of great prosperity with the emperors of this period having supported and encouraged the development of art science technology literature and religion the Emperor's were seen ruling under the Mandate of Heaven and they had the important responsibility of mediating between the gods and the people then sometime during the first century CE Buddhism reached China probably through the travelers who took the Silk Road from northern India and by the second century see a variety of other beliefs practices and discipline arose which eventually gave rise to alchemy scientific experiments and Taoist religion the fall of the Han Dynasty began a period of this unity referred to as the sixth dynasties while this period was almost in continuous political upheaval it is also considered to be an important time for religious developments the brutality and uncertainty of the period influenced Buddhism in China and the followers of this religion had to meet the spiritual needs of the people at the time by developing rituals and practices of transcendence and so in the 6th century new schools of Chinese Buddhism sought to adapt Buddhism to Chinese ways of thinking after three and a half centuries of political fragmentation China was reunified by the Sui dynasty in 581 the founder of this short-lived dynasty supported Buddhism particularly to 10th high school and use this religion in philosophical movement as a unifying ideology shared by many of the citizens in both north and south however after four decades of rule the sway was overthrown in a series of rebellions and ended up getting replaced by the Tong dynasty a time regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization the royal family of this dynasty officially supported Taoism because of their claim that they were descended from losses however Buddhism also enjoyed great favour in imperial patronage throughout the period the 10th hi-chan and Pure Land schools of Buddhism continue to rise in popularity and many monasteries and temples were built during this time after this was a period of instability known as the Five Dynasties and ten kingdoms during which the Song Dynasty rose to rule China so intellectuals sought answers to philosophical and political inquiries in the confusion classics and this renewed interest in the confusion ideals arose alongside that the cry of Buddhism the sonio confusion philosophers found a certain purity in the originality of the ancient classical texts and wrote commentaries about them however the rigidity of the state's official create and philosophy led to the inhibition of societal development in pre-modern China after the fall of the Song Dynasty the Mongols conquered or to China and established a UN Dynasty in the 13th century they did not attempt to impose their religion which consisted of a cult of heaven as well as nature and shamanistic practices on the Chinese people and so the existing three religions in China enjoyed comparative freedom under these foreign rulers it was also during the Yuan Dynasty that a large number of Muslim people were brought in to help in the administration of China it was in this period that Islam spread all over the Empire establishing major population bases in the western provinces of Yunnan and guns who however during the gun dynasty the populace has strong feelings against the rule of foreigners led to the peasant revolt that forced the Yuan Dynasty out of Chinese territory in the subsequent establishment of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 during this period Taoism and Buddhism had to become totally organized popular religions which led to the rise of new blends of Confucianism Taoism and Buddhism elements in an effort to find new ways of personal self-realization through contemplative and mystical means and so this paved the way to the rise of many private academies in the 16th century opening an avenue for widespread philosophical discussions and conflicts with the eventual collapse of the Ming Dynasty the Qin Dynasty came into power an empire that was founded by the semi-nomadic nan Chu's in public policy the mentorians were strong supporters of Confucianism but in their private lives that Xin rulers were devoted to Tibetan Buddhism then this all came crashing down in the 19th century when traditional Chinese religions were subjected to waves of persecution and many religious and institutional religious temples ended up getting destroyed the Ching dynasty collapsed in 1911 and with the fall of Imperial China Chinese intellectuals became free to investor energies and new ideas and political forms they were also given a chance to avidly study and translate Western writing and the result of this westernization and secularization left Confucianism and other Chinese traditions vulnerable which led to the destruction of thousands of temples nevertheless while these new ideas heavily affected the larger cities the majority of Chinese people continue to practice popular religions in traditions as before this all ended in the aftermath of the Communist Party's triumph in the Chinese Civil War under the leadership of Mao Zedong in its governance the People's Republic of China kept a hostile stance towards religion which was considered to be emblematic of feudalism and foreign colonialism places of worship were then converted into non religious buildings intended for secular use religious believes we're presences were discouraged because they were seeing as backwards and superstitious by the government and then they were condemned entirely during the Cultural Revolution it was in the latest 70 that this attitude was sort of relaxed with the 1978 constitution of the People's Republic of China guaranteeing while guaranteeing the freedom of religion with a number of restrictions and as long as these religious presences are not seeing as challenging the authority of the state and that's what's really sad because throughout Chinese history no matter which dynasty it was the Chinese people always embraced their spiritual beliefs which became a core foundation of traditional Chinese culture but if you look at what's been happening in the last several decades this has been systematically removed where even now if you're a communist member in China you're not even allowed to believe in ghosts it's not like you shouldn't believe in ghosts the Communist Party doctor actually forbids its members to believe in ghosts for time travel by the way and although the Chinese Constitution allows for the freedom of religious practice the large-scale arrest and systematic persecution of house Christians Tibetans rigours Falun Gong practitioners proves otherwise so there you go guys those are what religious practices look like throughout the dynasties in Chinese history hope you enjoy this video thank you so much for watching I'll see you later

What about shamen? This is the first of all religion. What happen? History is all re wrotten to trick people's mind. Chinese history is rewrote to surpress the really native people from China.

Hmm no mention 上帝?, likely the original religion, way before the main three. 黄帝 huang Di(yellow emperor) is the father of all Han chinese people.
Sima Qian 司马迁 recorded that Huangdi build a temple in the mountains of Shandong province to worship ShangDi 上帝.

The cool thing is that when 上帝 is read in Cantonese, its almost exactly the same for the Hebrew God "el shaddai"
Also there is an old song in the collected statutes of the ming dynasty (wen yan wen)
"of old in the beginning, there was the great chaos, without form and dark. The five planets had not begun to revolve, nor the two lights to shine, in the midst of it, there existed neither Ford nor sound.
You, O spiriual Sovereign, came forth in Your sovereignty, and first did separate the impure from the pure, You made heaven; You made earth: you made man. All things become alive with reproducing power"

this description of 上帝 is exactly the same as one describing the hebrew el shaddai. Note: huang Di(yellow emperor) lived around 2600Bc so they were roughtly written about around the same time. Of course the hebrew people and chinese people during that time has zero contact until much later. Theres many more similarities between the two. like animal sacrifices.

Interesting that the temple of heaven in Beijing, doesnt have any idols like other temples do. Thats because that temple is for 上帝. Both 上帝 and el shaddai are invisible so it wouldnt make sense to have an image of them in the temple.

Thank Gods China never embraced Christianity, as it would DESTROY everything in it's ways. Much worse then Communists even… And that actually began happening as Christian missions in 19th century began to spend massive amounts of money to buy Chinese ancient religious books, texts, documents with only one goal – to DESTROY them as they held non-christian information. Thank Gods they were stopped bu the Emperor and later they could not return to their barbaric deeds. I am Russian and unfortunately my country let Christians in a thousand years ago. And now we now nearly nothing about what was BEFORE that 1000 years ago Christianisation, they've destroyed everything, all our history!

If you want to experience authentic traditional Chinese spirituality and culture, then go to Hong Kong or Taiwan.

Cultural revolution seems to have destroyed most, if not all of China's past.

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I respect and admire all religions of good will!
Most religions believe in 99% same principles. Let's unite!

Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in China Today, And Also Chinese Folk Religions are growing also, Soon China will be back to Religious way of life

It makes sense to worship your ancestors, they did create you after all…

Leftist propaganda !!!!!

Confucius (500 BC) believe in the same God as Jews ! He wrote and promoted God . Yes China believe same God as Jews from 4000 BC to 300 BC . Yup one God . The 3 kinds where chinese . So chinese are Jews / Christians before Confucius yup .

Chinese religions are very original. Unlike Christian or Islam. The majority people in China still believe in ghost worship and Ancestral worship. However, the main ideology in China focuses more on the people instead of gods. This is humanism. One consequence of Chinese society is that once Religious powers become too influential, secular majority will always suppress it. This happened not just one time, but many many times in Chinese history. So, from my perspective, most people in China since Zhou dynasty are secular(not atheism).

is it a coincidence ghosts stories and claims they exist are almost in every part of the earth. and in modern time satan has accomplished his mission by making people believe he does not exist

Thanks for the very informative video. There is alot to be learned from studying Chinese artwork.🤔💪🙏

Since as many as Three CHEN from the major CHEN clan were the founding members of the CCP=CPC in Shanghai in 1921, You may rename the CPC as "CHEN's Party of CHEN Dynasty"…

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