Saturday, June 26, 2010

Daoism is on the decline in China

Recently, Daoist leaders met with top Chinese political adviser Jia Quiglin, and were counseled to employ conventional Daoist thought to "support society and socialism." Daoism is the smallest religion in China, and the only native religion. It is also fading in the number of people adhering to it, despite its rich history.

Researchers are saying that Daoism's decline can be tracked back to its "poor social networking and the lack of available information about its teachings." There is also increased competition for Daoism from Christianity. Meanwhile, the Chinese government, which is officially atheist, recognizes: Buddhism, Protestantism, Islam, Catholicism and Daoism.

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