6 Contemporary Chinese Sects and Cults you have never heard Before
Chinese Religious Beliefs: a Female Jesus & other million-followers unbelievable cults and sects.
Most people associate the term “China” with rich history, Kung-Fu, or delicious dishes.
Only a few are aware that this Country-Continent is the cradle of dozens of unbelievable, million-followers sects and cults.
In this article, we will introduce you to 6 remarkable contemporary Chinese Religious Beliefs that still exist today.
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1. Yiguan Dao: Ancestral Matriarchal Folk Religion
We start our journey into the Chinese Religious Beliefs within the obscure premises of the so-called China Folk Religion, to which Yiguan Dao belongs to.
Founded in 19th Century Shandong by Zhang Tianran (張天然), the main belief of Yiguan Dao is the creation of all living beings by an Unborn Mother.
Reaching the Earthly World, those creatures were now prevented from returning to Heaven. For this reason, she sent enlightened beings to the Earth to bring her Children back to achieve Salvation.
Adherent to Yiguan Dao can communicate with the Unborn Mother and spread her message through automatic writing and can count on a lineage of masters dating back to almost one thousand years ago.
Persecuted in the past, Yiguan Dao is now legally accepted in the whole China and counts around 15 million followers.
Throughout the History of China, Jesus never achieved center stage status, but since at least the 1980, innumerable Christian Movements with thousand followers have been popping everywhere.
The Eastern Lightning is one of the biggest among them and it was described by some Chinese media as “the most dangerous cult” in the Country.
It all began in 1991 with the lucky encounter of Yang Xiangbin (楊向彬), female house church preacher of the messages revealed to her by the Holy Spirit, and Zhao Weishan ( 赵维山), who was proclaimed “Lord of Ability” in a later disbanded cult.
Zhao quickly became a leading figure in Yang’s small church, which shortly reached one thousand members.
At this point, the Church’s messages announced that Yang was much more than a humble prophet: she was in fact Jesus and Lord.
Besides having a female Jesus, other Eastern Lightning’s features include the division Human History into three stages.
The third stage starts with Yang’s revelation and the identification of the Bible’s Red Dragon with the Communist Party of China.
One of the most important Chinese Religious Beliefs, it was declared illegal in China in 1995, Eastern Lightning now counts more than 4 million followers worldwide.
Zhao and Yang left China in 2000, moving to New York where they still organize the movement.
Yes, you probably heard about this before, but I am sure there’s something you don’t know about this religious practice created in 1992 in Northeastern China by Li Hongzhi (李洪志).
Its main teachings revolve around the three main concepts of Truthfulness (真), Compassion (善), and Forbearance (忍) as well as the constant practice of Qigong, breathing techniques, and refinement of one’s character.
Many practitioners affirm such practices healed their chronic diseases and gave them supernatural powers, such as telepathy and divine sight.
In the beginning years, Falun Gong enjoyed a certain degree of government support but as it grew bigger and bigger.
Around 1999 it was deemed illegal and virtually eradicated in Mainland China.
Because of its absence of formal membership, it is difficult to assess how many practitioners exist in the World, but estimates place them around 2 to 3 hundred thousand.
Li Hongzhi now lives in a guarded compound in New York City.