Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 61, Issue 5–6, pp 823–839 | Cite as

Religious Traditions in Local Communities of China

  • Qimin HeEmail author


All religions in China are closely linked to the traditional religion based on the patriarchal clan system. This bedrock faith of the Chinese, as it interacts with native religions and foreign religions, has fundamentally influenced the religious psychology of all Chinese people. Following a brief introduction to China’s religions, this article discusses folk religions as the main expression of traditional patriarchal religion, as well as their function and impact in contemporary society. The article then outlines relations between the multiple religions and cultures of ethnic groups in pluralist China to help the reader better understand the interaction between religious and cultural traditions of the Chinese people.


China Religious traditions Patriarchal religion Folk religions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Philosophy & Religious StudiesMinzu University of ChinaBeijingChina

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