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Ariana Lindquist

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Children, dressed like Chinese opera performers and adorned with necklaces of money, wait for the procession of the Wenxing Mazu from the temple.

Although Mazu is classified as a Chinese popular or folk religion, because of the inherent pluralism of Chinese religion, her worship may also be intermixed with Buddhist or Taoist beliefs. For example, in this philosophical understanding of religion, belief in the Buddha does not exclude belief in other deities, and visa versa. There is no conversion, therefore the belief in one god or religion does not require rejection of another god or religion. As evidence of this, there are many Mazu temples that are officially registered with the government as Taoist or Buddhist temples.
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Children, dressed like Chinese opera performers and adorned with necklaces of money, wait for the procession of the Wenxing Mazu from the temple.  <br />
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Although Mazu is classified as a Chinese popular or folk religion, because of the inherent pluralism of Chinese religion, her worship may also be intermixed with Buddhist or Taoist beliefs. For example, in this philosophical understanding of religion, belief in the Buddha does not exclude belief in other deities, and visa versa. There is no conversion, therefore the belief in one god or religion does not require rejection of another god or religion. As evidence of this, there are many Mazu temples that are officially registered with the government as Taoist or Buddhist temples.