Religions of Asia

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Religions of Asia The principal religions of Asia are: Brahmanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zorastrianism, Mohammedanism, Judaism and Christianity. Brahmanism Brahmanism is the oldest known and prevailing religious system of India, counting 210,000,000 Hindu adherents. Buddhism (from Buddha, the “wise”, the “enlightened”), owes its origin to Gautama, otherwise called Sakya Muni (i. e. the Sakya sage), who flourished toward the middle of the sixth century B. C. It is by far the widest-spread religion in Asia, counting more than 400,000,000 adherents, 300,000,000 of whom are in China, where it is the chief of the three recognized religions. Its other followers are found in Siberia, Korea, Japan, and India (Ceylon and Burma). Buddhism Reformed Buddhism is a recent development in China and Japan, and it plainly shows the influence of Christianity. Confucianism is one of the three chief religions of China, the other two being Buddhism and Taoism. Confucianism is a system of philosophy rather than religion. It is the official religion of the State, and the basis of the social and political life of the Chinese nation. Taoism Taoism is the third recognized religion of China. It takes its name from that of its founder, Lauo-tsze, or Lâo-tse, which lived in […]

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