As the Ancient Chinese port city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province has been made to UNESCO WHS list, everyone’s talking about its connections with Ancient India and especially with the state of Tamil Nadu, yet the criteria forgot to mention its Tamil links. However, this city also became a source for the spread of organized religions, besides; Hindu culture has its ancient roots as the Masters like Bhoganathar and Bodhidharma ad an ecstatic influence on China.
British Explorer and Chinese Scholar Arthur Waley, while translating Bhoganathar’s Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power) into English, made a comment that “I see no reason to doubt that the Holy Mountain Men (Sheng-Hsien) described by Lieh Tzu, are Indian Rishi; and when we read in Chuang Tzu of certain Taoists who practiced movements very similar to the asanas of Hindu Yoga, it is at least a possibility that some knowledge of the yoga technique which these Rishi used had also drifted into China.”
There were two massive ancient temples of Shiva were built in this city during the ancient times, according to a Tamil-Chinese inscription found in this city. Even in the museum of Quanzhou, many ancient Indian heritages will be found, like, a relief of Narasimha, Two-Yogic practitioners, But during the modern era, from 1966 to 77, the communist policies destroyed the ancient cultures by prohibiting people from living them. But as the Constitution of People’s Republic of China was signed, the ancient cultures regained their existence. However, Hindu culture is not a recognised state religion, as only a few in the nation live it in its actual form, but the whole nation has its absolute influence in the entire Chinese culture!
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.