Xuanyuan teaching

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Temple of Xuanyuan in Huangling, Yan'an, Shaanxi, dedicated to the worship of Huangdi.

The Xuanyuan teaching (simplified Chinese: 轩辕教; traditional Chinese: 軒轅教; pinyin: Xuānyuán jiào), less commonly Huangdi teaching (simplified Chinese: 黄帝教; traditional Chinese: 黃帝教; pinyin: Huángdì jiào; literally: "teaching of the Yellow Emperor"), is a Confucian religion founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1957. The founder was Wang Hansheng (1899-1989), a legislator.[1]

The Taiwan government used the temple building project in an effort to subsume all the ways of worship to local deities under one national god, Huangdi (the "Yellow Emperor"), traditionally considered the (progenitor god) of the Han Chinese race.[2]

The organised religion of Xuanyuan has 200.000 adherents in Taiwan and is active in China, where it has temples, statues (黄帝像 Huángdì xiàng) and members who participate to the sacrifices celebrated at the Xuanyuan Temple, the largest temple dedicated to Huangdi in the world. Xuanyuanism is based on Confucian rationalism, and therefore rejects practices it considers superstitious that are found in other sects of Chinese folk religion, such as scripture writing through god mediumship.[3] Huangdi is also worshiped in Chinese folk religion by millions of people who do not necessarily adhere to the Xuanyuan teaching.

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  1. Jochim 2003. p. 60
  2. Jochim. 2003. p. 60
  3. Journal of Chinese Religions, 1997, n. 25. p. 18

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