A Historical and Sociological Review of Religion and Ritualism in China


This text aims to provide a comprehensive historical and sociological review of mainland China's various religious, pseudo-religious, and philosophical traditions, along with the autonomous regions of Ningxia, Xinjiang, Tibet, Guangxi, and Inner Mongolia. The text discusses the propagation of major religious philosophies throughout the country, both in its current form as the People’s Republic of China and its historic form through the various imperial dynasties. The text analyzes the way that foreign powers have influenced Chinese history, particularly in regard to the presence of Christianity and Islam, and the way that the People’s Republic of China interacts with these faiths’ as well as the native, historically institutionalized philosophies of Buddhism and Chinese Folk Religion, as well as the religions of the five autonomous regions. The text also delves into the ways in which religion has shaped Chinese society and culture, with a particular emphasis on ritualism and its role in the Chinese landscape.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2023

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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