Monday, December 20, 2010

Taiwan Religion

Taiwan is a land of many different beliefs. They practice Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Christianity, Mormonism, the Unification Church, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as native sects such as Yiguandao and others.

Taiwan has freedom of religion, they embrace their tradition while also welcoming new beliefs into their country.

Taiwan has a population of 23 million people

35% of that population puts their faith in Buddha

While 33% are Taoist, some even consider themselves both Taoist and Buddhist.

Many believe in a collection of beliefs engrained in Chinese culture termed "Chinese folk religion"

These beliefs include ancestor worship, belief in ghosts and spirits, among other things.

It is estimated that up to 80% of the population believe in some form of traditional folk religion.

There is a small percentage that consider themselves to be ProtestantRoman CatholicSunni MuslimChurch of Scientology, the Baha'i, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mahikari Religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Unification Church , Presbyterians, the True Jesus ChurchBaptistsLutheransSeventh-day Adventists, and Episcopalians

From the list above that is only 475,000 people out of the entire population of Taiwan of 23 million, which means a even lower number of Evangelical Christians.

As I teach English I will not only be ministering to the country of Taiwan, but will also be training our students to better reach out to their own country.

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