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Old 12-04-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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Have you actually being there and experienced the spiritual sphere yourself, or you are just using your imagination?
Relative to the rest of China it has to be true.
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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Relative to the rest of China it has to be true.
Some of the southern provinces like Yunnan are fairly Buddhist and spiritual. I have never been to Tibet so I can't comment on that. Making sweeping generalizations, the north of China is far more secular and less religious then southern China.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:55 AM
 
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Have you actually being there and experienced the spiritual sphere yourself, or you are just using your imagination?
I don't think that religion (i.e., adherence to a specific dogma) plays as significant a role in any other part of China... You certainly have religious people all over China, but adherence to faith plays very little role in day to day life to the majority of people anywhere else in China.

People across China certainly follow superstitions or traditions which are based in faith, but often don't perceive them as being religious or spiritual.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:30 AM
 
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Relative to the rest of China it has to be true.
typical western style imagination. Tibet is just a relatively disconnected, poorer and backward region in China. It is like Montana to the US.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:36 AM
 
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I don't think that religion (i.e., adherence to a specific dogma) plays as significant a role in any other part of China... You certainly have religious people all over China, but adherence to faith plays very little role in day to day life to the majority of people anywhere else in China.

People across China certainly follow superstitions or traditions which are based in faith, but often don't perceive them as being religious or spiritual.
You are absolutely right.
The Chinese are very practical people. Even if they claim to be religious, it is for the purpose to get something in return (preferably right away), not because of spiritual faith. So when western magazines say Christianity is becoming popular in China, they have no idea what they are talking about. China can have half a billion "Christians" on paper and the people still won't have real faith like the real Christians in the west do.
Nowadays the only faith most Chinese have is material possessions. If a Chinese turns Christian, it is mostly like because it is considered "cool", and it has nothing to do with the beliefs of Christianity whatsoever.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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You are absolutely right.
The Chinese are very practical people. Even if they claim to be religious, it is for the purpose to get something in return (preferably right away), not because of spiritual faith. So when western magazines say Christianity is becoming popular in China, they have no idea what they are talking about. China can have half a billion "Christians" on paper and the people still won't have real faith like the real Christians in the west do.
Nowadays the only faith most Chinese have is material possessions. If a Chinese turns Christian, it is mostly like because it is considered "cool", and it has nothing to do with the beliefs of Christianity whatsoever.
I hope you donít think this is a good thing, materialism has corrupted Chinese culture.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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I hope you donít think this is a good thing, materialism has corrupted Chinese culture.
of course I don't think it is a good thing. I hate such a culture more than anything about China. This is one reason I don't want to live there - lack of so called freedom/democracy is hardly as important.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:30 PM
 
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I hope you donít think this is a good thing, materialism has corrupted Chinese culture.
Has always been part of Chinese culture and is not a recent phenomenon. One of the most popular gods to worship is Caishen/財神/财神/God of Wealth. Do you call someone devoutly praying to Caishen as spiritual or materialistic? Or both?
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:18 PM
 
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Has always been part of Chinese culture and is not a recent phenomenon. One of the most popular gods to worship is Caishen/財神/财神/God of Wealth. Do you call someone devoutly praying to Caishen as spiritual or materialistic? Or both?
Both, china is only Materialistic right now.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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East Asia has always been secular.
To assume every traditional society must have some faith to God/gods is invalid to begin with. It just happened that Abrahamic religions became influential in the Old World.
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