Traditionally, Chinese believe mostly in Taoism (as a religion, not a philosophy) and Buddhism, or a mix of the two. Generally, Chinese are polytheistic and practical in their religious beliefs. Some pray to Buddha in one temple for the recovery of bad health. If this does not work, he or she would perhaps go to a Taoist temple to try another method. Chinese often take a practical attitude towards various kinds of gods and will try whichever god will suit their specific need or purpose. There is a saying to reflect the general attitude about religions: “It’s better to believe in a god than not because it might work.”
Additionally, although not religion per say, the Chinese greatly value their ancestors and want to continue to help them experience happiness in the afterlife. The Chinese will offer sacrifices such as food, incense, candles and paper money for their ancestors to utilize in the afterlife.

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