Tracing the Time of the Chinese Ancestors, Yan, Huang and Chi: Weixin Shengjiao’s Religious Care, Enmity-bond Release and Universal Peace


At the beginning of the Chinese People, Huangdi, Yandi, and Chiyou led three tribes respectively and fought against each other fiercely at Zhuolu. Yandi allied with Huangdi defeated Jiuli tribe. Ancestor Chiyou was slandered and his tribal descendants dispersed. Under the reincarnation of birth and death, ignorant enmity causes endless wars in Chinese successive dynasties and generations. In Chinese culture, from the religious viewpoint, it is a significant issue to figure out how to release people’s resentment and enmity aroused by the tragedy which occurred five thousand years ago. However, research about this issue has been neglected for a long time in the field of Eastern religion studies. Now, Weixin Shengjiao, a new religion developed in Taiwan, proposes the concept of “pacifying ancestral spirits” and “releasing the bonds of enmity”. This study applies the methods of documentary analysis, observation and interview, starting from examining Chinese ancient history to explore Chinese historical enmity, and conducts investigations and discussions in the timeline. The research findings indicate that the dispersion of Chiyou descendants has a huge impact on the formation and development of Asian peoples. In addition, Weixin Shengjiao’s religious practice of releasing enmity-bonds for promoting Chinese ethnic solidarity can be summarized into five important points: (1) Research publication, (2) Worship ceremony, (3) Construction, (4) International exchange, (5) Religious education. Meanwhile, this study is beneficial for international society to understand and respect the concepts of Chinese culture and peoples, and provides a new thought about the action of universal peace promotion.

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Li-Yueh Chen, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Chen-Mei Li, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan

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Conference: ACCS2019
Stream: Cultural Studies

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