In China and Japan, there are numerous similarities and differences in
their religions. People have their choices of following a certain religion.
China is a country with great diversity as well as Japan. Religion is a big deal to many Asians.
Chinas religions major religions and beliefs are Taoism, Confucianism,
Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Dongba and Protestant. China has about 5.5
million Protestants and 3.5 million Catholics. Confucianism is one of the
major philosophies that concerns human society, social relations, and
individual conduct. It is more of a social and ethical philosophy than a
religion. Confucianism was adopted as a state religion which ...view middle of the document...
The religion became accepted as a state ideology and orthodoxy. The emperor
considered the embodiment of Confucian wisdom and virtue. A strong hierarchy
became the canon of political rule. Buddhism spilt into several major
Many of Japans religions are the same as Chinas such as Buddhism,
Confucianism, and Taoism. Many of the beliefs are the same.
Religions do not play a big role in the everyday lives of most Japanese
people nowadays. The average Japanese just follows the religious rituals at a
few ceremonies such as births. Japan's two most important religions are.
The two religions co-existed for several centuries and even complemented each
other to a certain degree. The feeling of duty to belong to just a single
religion as it is widespread among followers of the three large occidental
religions, is therefore uncommon in Japan, and many Japanese consider
themselves Shinto-Buddhists or marry in a Christian style even though they
are not Christians.
Shinto is the Way of the Gods. This is the native faith of the Japanese
people, and it is as old as they are. Shinto does not have a founder nor
does it have sacred scriptures like the sutras or the bible. Propaganda and
preaching is not common either because Shinto is very deeply rooted in the
Japanese people and its traditions. The kami are the objects of worship in
Shinto. They are scared spirits and can take various forms such as natural
elements like the sun, mountains, trees, rocks, and the wind, or abstract
things like fertility, but also ancestors, national heroes and protectors of...