The author discusses the ways the post-war Taiwan has become a depositary of traditional Chinese culture and its important part - i.e. beliefs. The author provides a panorama of the phenomena composing the rich image of popular beliefs of Taiwan - folk religion, animistic beliefs and religious syncretism. The folk imagination concerning the rapport between Heaven, Earth and Hades is being presented. Within such a frame, the author provides a description of the most important gods' functions, symbols and attributes. An analysis of the so called contemporary New Religions of Taiwan has also been made - highlighting the syncretism seen as a key of their construction. The author also provides an analysis of the way the new religious movements satisfy the crucial needs and reassure social inquietudes of the modern Taiwanese society.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
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