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Wu (Chinese religion)

Wu (Chinese: 悟) is a concept of awareness, consciousness or enlightenment in the Chinese folk religion.[1] According to scholarly studies, many practitioners recently "reverted" to the Chinese traditional religion speak of a "new awareness" (kai wu 开悟 or jue wu 觉悟) of the interconnectedness of reality in terms of the cosmic-moral harmony—ming yun, bao ying, yuan fen.[2] This spiritual awareness works as an engine that moves these themes from being mere ideas to be motivating forces in one's life:[3] awareness of ming yun ignites responsibility towards life; awareness of yuan fen stirs to respond to events rather than resigning.[4] Awareness is a dynamic factor and appears in two guises: a realisation that arrives as a gift, often unbidden; then it evolves into a practice that the person intentionally follows.[5]

In Latin alphabetical transliteration of the Chinese, it's a homograph of the wu-shaman.

See also


  1. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. pp. 26-27
  2. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. p. 27
  3. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. p. 27
  4. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. p. 27
  5. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. p. 27


  • Fan Lizhu, Chen Na. The Revival of Indigenous Religion in China. Fudan University, 2013.
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