Tian: Heaven, the transcendent source of moral meaning.Qi: The breath or energy that animates the universeJingzu: The veneration of ancestorsBao Ying: moral reciprocityMing Yun: personal destinyYuan Fen: fateful coincidenceMost westerners have also heard about Yin and Yang, the polarity that describes the order of the universe. The sacred medium of the two states on Yin ("receptiveness") and Yang ("act") is also thought of as the order of creation, "Ling". 
A Way of CommunityUnlike Western religions in which the religion and its organizational structure, a "church", is separate from civic life, Chinese Folk religion pervades all aspects of social life and is deeply embedded in family.Chinese religion also does not require "conversion" for participation. It's not about "believing" in a certain doctrine or dogma, but rather "belonging" to a local unit, "associtation, village, or kinship" with their gods and rituals. 
In HistoryAfter the fall of the Chinese empire in 1911, Chinese Folk Religion was eradicated and undermined by the government and elites, which fragmented and thinned its followers. However the late 20th and 21st centuries are seeing a revival of these religions in mainland China and Taiwan. 
Confucianism and TaoismWhile these more concrete and familiar belief systems are considered a part of Chinese Folk Religion, some may distinguish them as "folk religion" compared to others tenets being "folk beliefs".  Still, they may also be called a system of philosophical and "ethical socio-political teachings". The Chinese philosopher Confucius lived 551-479 BCEConfucian theology instructs to uphold the moral order through the worship of gods and ancestors. The core of Confucianism is humanistic, regarding ordinary human activities and relationships as sacred. Its core revolves around unifying the self with "Tian" which can loosely be translated to Heaven or God, though it is non-theistic.This might be compared with the Tao in Taoism: the natural flow and cosmic structure of the Universe. Heavily influenced by the I Ching (the oldest Chinese classic) it diverged from Confucianism by scorning rigid rituals and social classes  and now uses the Tao Te Ching by Laozi as its keystone work. Taoism emphasizes detachment from desires, simplicity, and Wu Wei: action through inaction. The goal of a Toaist is to align themselves with a natural way of being, as effortless as the planets revolving around the sun.
A core Chinese classic, covering 722 to 481 BCE, it shows an overall history, including the use of ritual, sacrifice, celestial events, etc, and how they all played together.
Another Taoist staple, compiled in the 4th century CE, but text from Lie Yukou from the 5th century BCE.
written by Confucius, this is a collection of speeches and major events from ancient times and embodies the political vision.
Also by Confucius, describes a social vision built on trust and communal social responsibility, breaking down four functional occupations: farmer, scholar, artisan, and merchant.
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