Influence of Religion on Chinese Culture

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Religion has remained the root of a good amount of structure in China. Not just China, but the whole world. Chinese Religion in particular produce great readings that people today still read and find truly interesting. Some of the greatest leaders believed in religion and some type of a deity. However you can also say some horrible leaders believed in religion, which the leaders in turn took religion for granted and used it for their selfish own use. Some people often believe religion is the cause of wars in china, others believe it to be corruption and greed for power, though both may be true, Chinese religion has influenced China so much that while they have evolved technologically, their principles have stayed mostly the same. Traditions people use today dates back to beginning of China itself, whether it’s Buddhism or Taoism that started the tradition, people still look for guidance in those religions. However, having religion last this long throughout the years of China and all of its Dynasties was not an easy task. Till this day Buddhism is just now starting to revitalize. China, one of the longest lasting countries, dates back thousands of years. It could also be argued that religion in China is also some of the longest lasting around the world. Though it is important to point out China was not the origins of a few religions; One of them being Buddhism. Nevertheless, it was adopted by the Chinese and became an important factor in the progression of China. Taoism unintentionally created an item that was used throughout all of the Middle East and could have turned the tide in the battles they were facing. Religious beliefs have often changed throughout China, but it has always stayed consistent t... ... middle of paper ... ... history, never to leave it spot. China has shape itself to what it is today because of religion, whether people tend to believe it or not. When it comes to very roots of Chinese tradition, Religion is what started a majority of them . . Works Cited Wilkinson, Philip. Religions. First ed. New York: DK PUBLISHING, 1999. Print Bowker, John. World Religions. Firth ed. New York: DK PUBLISHING, 1997 Print Concise History Of World Religions. First ed. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2011. Print. Narayanan, Vasudha, Malcolm D. Eckel, Jennifer O. Moore, and C, Scott Littleton. Easter Religions. New York: Oxford University Press, n.d, 2005. Print. Pollock, Robert. The Everything World's Religions Book. Avon: Adams Media, 2002. Print Religious rites, rituals, and festivals. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print
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