Xuanyuan teaching

Church of Xuanyuan
轩辕教会 Xuānyuánjiàohuì
Type Confucian church
Classification Chinese salvationist religion
Scripture Four Books and Five Classics
Founder Wang Hansheng
Origin 1952
Other name(s) Way of Xuanyuan (轩辕道), Huangdiism (黄帝教)
Official website http://huangdi-culture.org/
Xuanyuan Temple in Huangling, Yan'an, Shaanxi, at the ideal sacred centre of China.

Xuanyuandao (轩辕道 "Way of Xuanyuan")[lower-alpha 1], also known as Xuanyuanism (轩辕教[lower-alpha 2]) or Huangdiism (黄帝教[lower-alpha 3]), is a Confucian folk religion of China which was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1952.[1] The founder was Wang Hansheng (1899–1989), a legislator.[2] The Church of Xuanyuan aims to restore the "national religion" of archaic (pre-Han dynasty) China,[3] with Huangdi as the universal God.

Theology and practices

The Church of Xuanyuan subsumes all the ways of worship to local deities under one national god, Xuanyuan Huangdi (轩辕黄帝 "Xuanyuan the Yellow Deity"[lower-alpha 4]). According to the Shiji, Xuanyuan was the name of Huangdi,[4] and he is traditionally considered the thearch (progenitor god) of the Han Chinese race.[5]

Xuanyuanism is based on Confucian rationalism, and therefore rejects practices it considers superstitious that are found in other sects of Chinese folk religion, such as scripture writing through god mediumship.[6]


As of 2013 the Xuanyuandao has 200.000 adherents in Taiwan and is active in China, where it runs temples, schools, and members take part in the sacrifices celebrated at the Xuanyuan Temple, the largest temple dedicated to Huangdi in the world.[7] Huangdi is also worshipped in Chinese folk religion by millions of people who do not necessarily belong to the Church of Xuanyuan.

See also


  1. 轩辕道 Xuānyuándào, traditional characters: 軒轅道. Xuanyuan is said to have been the Yellow Emperor's personal name.
  2. 軒轅教 Xuānyuánjiào
  3. 黄帝教 Huángdìjiào, traditional characters: 黃帝教; "faith in the Yellow Deity"
  4. The color yellow [huáng 黄] represents earth, the dragon, and the centre of the universe [Shangdi] in Chinese cosmologies, and is used as a revelative character for the homophone huáng 皇 "august, generative".


  1. Goossaert, Palmer. 2011. p. 295
  2. Jochim 2003. p. 60
  3. Goossaert, Palmer. 2011. p. 295
  4. Clart, Jones. 2003. p. 60
  5. Clart, Jones. 2003. p. 60
  6. Journal of Chinese Religions, 1997, n. 25. p. 18
  7. Baidu Baike Encyclopedia: 轩辕教.


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