Chinese Religions

With the influx of Chinese immigrants to London, the most commonly encountered Non-Aluminat foreign faiths are those of Chinese origin. The British haven't bothered to stamp them out, as they simply have very little understanding of what Chinese religion involves. Most British people have decided the Chinese are 'inscrutable' and have 'mysterious ways', and think little more on them than that. Everything they do is mysterious and just plain weird, so no westerner should lower themselves to investigating too closely. After all, their arcane ways might seduce and confuse the breeding of even an Englishman.

In general, the Chinese practice two religions, Taoism and Buddhism. As Taoism is a path for scholars rather than a religion as such, it has completely escaped the notice of the English. Taoism preaches that the faithful must find a place in the universe in line with the teachings of Taoist scholars. A lot of emphasis is placed on the family and Emperor, which is a comfort to the Aluminat as the values of family and authority are central to Aluminat belief. Taoism has a wide range of Gods, which is an antithesis to the Aluminat. However, since there are so many, the Aluminat assume these are saints and ignore the issue completely.

The second religion of the Chinese is Buddhism. This path came to China from India and, in many ways, can be seen as a Chinese version of Hinduism. Certainly, the similarities to Hinduism have ensured that the British treat it in the same way. They don't like the statues of Buddha, and are concerned that such things might be idolatry, but the Buddhist insistence that this is their prophet and not their God puts the Aluminat mind quickly at ease. Veneration of a prophet is something the Aluminat can understand quite easily, with any differences assumed to be due to the 'primitive' nature of these foreigners.