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Religion in China (2020)

Religion in China (2020)

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Astronism in China refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the People’s Republic of China. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this East Asian country are under exiled management and jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of China, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.

The Astronist Superiate of China oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. China is split into twenty-two provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities, and is set to hold Grand Observatories in each of those municipalities.

As of 2020, China has the most Astronists living within its borders out of all other countries as 678,000 Astronists are reportedly living there. However, due to widespread persecution of many unrecognised religious and philosophical groups not aligned with the Chinese Communist Party, the vast majority of Chinese Astronists are forced to keep their astronalities a secret from their families, friends and the government.

Other terms[]

Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in China including:

  • Astro-Chinese philosophy
  • Astro-Chinese religion
  • Astro-Chinese spirituality
  • Astro-Sino philosophy
  • Astro-Sino religion
  • Astro-Sino spirituality
  • Chinese astroncy
  • Chinese Astronism
  • Chinese astronomical religion
  • Chinese Cosmism
  • Chinese Qǐshì
  • Chinese space religion
  • Kāng Míng Én Dào (meaning "the way of Cometan)
  • Sino-Astronism
  • Tiānwén Dào (meaning "the Astronist path")
  • Tiānwénjiào (Chinese: 天文教; Synotic: Astrojiào)

History of Astronism in China[]


The presence of Astronism in China began early in the religion’s chronology and finds its origins in Cometan’s trip to China in April 2018. Cometan spoke of Astronism in different private conversations with some of the Chinese students participating in the trip by imparting their religious beliefs with each other.

This took place across the course of Cometan’s trip to Beijing, but the most profound element of the trip was that Cometan became highly inspired by the temples, religious figures and unique systems of practices as part of the Chinese traditional religion known as Shenism. 

Religious freedom[]

Major concerns have been raised as to the religious freedoms of Astronists in China. Astronism is not currently recognised by the Chinese government which leaves Astronists open to untold amounts of persecution and harassment as is experienced by a number of other unrecognised religious groups.

For this reason, the Astronist Institution has designated the situation of religious freedoms for Astronists in China as terminal. Data on the number of Astronists in China is not currently accessible, however, estimates from the Astronist Institution have been placed at 500,000.

Astronist content is receiving slow translation into Chinese, however, the ability of Astronist content to be accessed by Chinese citizens is extremely difficult. Restrictions on viewable online content, particularly religious content, have been increased by the Chinese government and Chinese Astronists' able to access Astronist content has suffered a result. Despite this, Astronism continues to grow as a unrecognised religion in the country.

Astronist demographics in China[]

Year Number of Astronists
2019 500,000
2020 678,000

See also[]