Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Chinese Religions

  • Matheus Oliva da CostaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_174

Definition

For Latin America (LA) we include in this cultural region South America, Central America, and the Caribbean; for China, it is necessary to consider Chinese cultural plurality. Despite the predominance of the Han culture, there are dozens of ethnic groups in the current Chinese territory – including Taiwan and Hong Kong – that are present among the Chinese around the world. We understand that religions and religiosity are cultural expressions, so the various Chinese religions are all expressions of the religiosity of people who originally came from China. We will focus on their traditional religious expressions, which were born in China and have ethnic links.

Introduction

The Chinese presence in LA goes back to the sixteenth century, having gone through various migratory waves. Understanding that religion and concrete religions are cultural expressions, we can say that the various Chinese religions accompanied them when they arrived in LA. As we will see, despite a great...

Keywords

Chinese traditional religions Confucianism Daoism Oracles Popular religion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoPontifical University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil