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    Greetings from SE USA!

    Hello there!

    My name is Nanji, and I very recently—and by that, I mean today—started practicing shenism. I did a little light reading and it seems like shenism is, in fact, considered pagan, and I really hope that is true, because otherwise I would be embarrassed for signing up on the wrong forum!

    My primary patron deity is the bird goddess Jingwei, and my secondary patron deity is the sea goddess Mazu. If you know their stories, you'll realize that they do not get along! That is exactly why I worship both of them, because I value different perspectives, and hope that both of them will give me their blessings despite their conflicts.

    I chose this religion because I am ethnically Chinese. I was not raised with gods, but I was raised with ancestral worship, yin and yang, and qi. Combined with the fact that I naturally came to believe in animism on my own, I think this religion is perfect for me. I still can't believe I was so lucky as to find it.

    However, despite my enthusiasm, there is still so much I do not know! That's why I joined this forum. I hope I will learn many things while I am here.

    Thanks so much for reading! Cheers!

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    Welcome to the forum!
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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Welcome to Pagan Forums.

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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Welcome Nanji! I've never heard of Shenism, looking forward to knowing more!
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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Welcome to the forum.

    A note on "pagan" is that it's a wide grouping that can broadly be defined as "not belonging to the Abrahamic faiths" though there can be some more nuance there. As one might expect this includes a huge number of faiths with virtually nothing in common! It's certainly useful, theologically anyway, to discuss but, Chinese folk religion will have little ..say kinship, with like Greek or Egyptian reconstruction, however there will be some recurring themes like somewhat animistic leanings and forms of ancestor veneration that crop up repeatedly in different cultures. I'm not sure how popular, for lack of a better word, Chinese religion is in the general neopagan community, but I do hope this place can be of some assistance to you.
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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Thank you for the welcome, everyone!

    Corvus, that is very interesting and useful to know! I appreciate you setting the time aside to write that.

    I'm also unsure of how 'popular' Shenism/Chinese folk religion (CFR) is in neopaganism, but it seems to me that there is a discrepancy between those considered practitioners of CFR/Shenism and those that actually practice it. According to an article I read, more than 50% of China is considered affiliated with CFR but none of them actually seem to believe in the old gods, if any, and animism. Most of their beliefs extend to ancestral veneration and/or yin yang, among other beliefs surrounding the spirit(s). I see this in my parents as well. In fact, when I asked them, only my father knew about the Jade Emperor, and neither of them knew about Jingwei or Mazu. They also weren't sure if any modern Chinese worshipped these gods, although I'm sure some do.

    Of course, there are many variations upon CFR, so that may also be why there's a such a difference. But I'm just rambling. I like to think about this sort of thing. In the end, even though it's interesting, it doesn't really matter, haha.

    Have a great day/night, people.

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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Hello and welcome to PF!

    i don't think you'll find any fellow followers of CFR here, but you'll find plenty of cheerleaders for your personal explorations of this path! PF, by its very nature, is an interfaith forum, so you are welcome, regardless.
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    Re: Greetings from SE USA!

    Thank you so much Thalassa!

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