Cultural Identity Essay

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In one person’s life, there are many different identities. When you are at work, your identity is a worker, and when you are at home, your identity is child of your parents and / or a parent of your children. All of these identities are shaped, or has been shaped, by cultural and societal influences, and here I will discuss about how my religious is shaped by my cultural and societal influences.
I was born and raised in China, and when I say I’m a Chinese, people often ask me that is it true, China has no religious beliefs? I understand why people ask that question because China is a communist country, and communist country has no religion. Also, while Maozedong was still the leader of China, China had ten years of cultural revolution, which claim that religion is just idealism, and China should be materialist. During that movement many temples, churches, and other religion related historical remains were destroyed. However, it is not true that China has no religion. In fact, China has long been a cradle and host to a variety of the most enduring religio-philosophical traditions of the world. For example, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, constitute the "three teachings", they are not just a religion, moreover, we treat them as, a thought, a philosophy, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life. They play a very important role in Chinese culture.
Taoism believes that society is only an object existing on one side, and the human

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