In fact, I can confide that it wasn't up there on the pantheon of "gloriously golden years" from a personal perspective, but then, as I'm veering towards Daoism
in outlook, it's easier to shrug stoically and ponder about other poor souls - living and dead - who had a stinker of a deal.
Life beyond death and the attainment of salvation through divine beings emerge as two common themes from Buddhism and Daoism
, the two dominant religions in China, said Ka Bo Tsang, assistant curator of the Chinese pictorial arts and textiles in the ROM's world cultures department.
Chinese religious orthodoxy is defined as a localized process of mutual accommodation between imperial religion, Buddhism, Daoism
, and a localized popular religion that incorporated aspects of all three depending on circumstances, and on the willingness of local elites to spend money on religion.
is probably the oldest of these traditions, but unlike the other two, lacks any specific originator.
Some Buddhists also believe in ancestor worship and elements of Daoism
is a key component of the Chinese philosophical tradition.
But shamans also perform other functions, some of which are associated with versions of Daoism
that migrated into Korea.
Buddhism is certainly a contender, I thought, moving on to Daoism
However, even in China, cut off from contacts with Iran which was now Islamic, and without political support, Manichaeism, persecuted and suppressed since the proscription of 843, was forced to disguise itself under cover of Daoism
and Buddhism, and as a consequence found itself influenced by these two great religions.
From 1996 to 1998, a series of 10 conferences examined the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism
, Confucianism, Shinto and indigenous religions.
Some branches of Daoism
and Buddhism believe that in the afterlife there is a shortage of food and water; therefore gods have to be provided with daily rations.