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August 10th, 2006, 08:31 PM
I wasn't sure whether to put this into the Eastern paths section or just put it here, so if a mod wants to move it, feel free.

Anyway, does anyone know anything about Chinese religions, or the deities and other supernatural beings of China, i know about Taoism, but i can't find much about the deities and supernatural beings of China, it's something i'd like to learn more about (probably not to practice but just to learn about), so any help would be great or any sites or books you can recommend.

Thanks for any help you can provide :).

August 10th, 2006, 08:48 PM
Here are some sites about the Chinese pantheon:

Encyclopedia Mythica: Chinese mythology (http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/asia/chinese/articles.html) -- many articles

Selected Chinese Myths and Fantasies (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=42506139:D1/CS=42506139/SS=7584507/SIG=11p3egkun/*http%3A//www.chinavista.com/experience/story/story.html)

Chinese Myths and Fantasies (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=42506139:D1/CS=42506139/SS=41168645/SIG=11n6uvbm2/*http%3A//www.chinavista.com/experience/myth/myth.html)

Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkkDy0ttEDAcARaFXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2N2hjdWkzBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDNARzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANpMDIyX zQ4/SIG=12s0kusqq/EXP=1155343474/**http%3a//www.mandarava.com/metainfo/goddess/quanyin.htm%3fsrc=ov%26sq=qyin)
*There are tons of other links about her all over the net. Try searching "Kwan Yin" and "Quan Yin"

Popular Deities of Chinese Buddhism - Introduction: Feng Shui Resources at (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj8509tEeRUAix5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3bDdnNXIxBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMTcEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDaTAyM l80OA--/SIG=12su4saj3/EXP=1155343545/**http%3a//www.dragon-gate.com/resources/articles/display.asp%3fid=76%26pg=1)
*Also try looking into Chinese Buddhism for more info.

A few articles on some goddesses:
Ch'ang Ô (http://www.thaliatook.com/chango.html) --a moon goddess
Kwan Yin (http://www.thaliatook.com/kwanyin.html)
Nu Kua (http://www.thaliatook.com/nukua.html) --Chinese divine foremother of humans who repaired the sky, and invented marriage
Green Tara (http://www.thaliatook.com/greentara.html) and White Tara (http://www.thaliatook.com/whitetara.html) -- part of Buddhism
*for more info look in the Gods and Goddesses Resource and Link thread under the correct pantheon, there should be a thread listed with tons of links about Tara.

Chinese Religions links (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj8S1NtEeRUAP4JXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2Z3MwOXF0BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANpMDIyX zQ4/SIG=12o554dmq/EXP=1155343762/**http%3a//www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln270/LINKS270.htm)-- tons of links
Sages and Immortals: Chinese Religions (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkj8S1NtEeRUAY4JXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3dG52N2xnBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMTAEc2VjA3NyBHZ0aWQDaTAyM l80OA--/SIG=12bj72v8d/EXP=1155343762/**http%3a//www.hope.edu/academic/religion/reader/china.html)

Look into--
Confucianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkjNj1NtEaekAnWJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2M2trdGUxBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMwRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANpMDIyX zQ4/SIG=11tt0ru94/EXP=1155343843/**http%3a//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucianism)
Confucianism - ReligiousTolerance.org (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkjNj1NtEaekApGJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2N2hjdWkzBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDNARzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANpMDIyX zQ4/SIG=12276csev/EXP=1155343843/**http%3a//www.religioustolerance.org/confuciu.htm)
Images of the Temple of Culture (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=37662763:D1/CS=37662763/SS=37663270/SIG=11uks35cd/*http%3A//www.hamilton.edu/academics/Asian/TempleCulture.html)
Religions and 101 Cults: Confucianism (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=37662763:D1/CS=37662763/SS=95806509/SIG=1222alod0/*http%3A//www.religion-cults.com/Eastern/Confucianism/confuci.htm)
Spiritual Sanctuary Celebrates Confucianism (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=37662763:D1/CS=37662763/SS=95806507/SIG=127os4ra9/*http%3A//www.thespiritualsanctuary.org/Confucianism/Confucianism.html)

August 10th, 2006, 11:41 PM
How can one top Agaliha's links? :)...Its a very good basis. I would also go to Buddhanet.net and look in their book section, and they have a wonderful Pdf. book about the popular deities and figues found in Chinese Buddhism and Tibeto-Chinese Buddhism: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/ancientsgrfx.pdf

The important thing to know about China is that Taosim, Confucianism and Buddhism are viewed literily as the three jewels of the empire. The three major religious thought forms that all intertwined and comboined in various fashions to add to the empireal notions as well as better the lives of the people. Confucianism gave social order, Buddhism gave compassion, and Taoism gave an udnerstanding...or more a temporary belief in understanding the Universe. s a result, a lo of the popular deities are found in all three religions.