Syncretist spirit-writing cults, in case you didn’t know. They’re sometimes called “Ming sects,” but apparently have some distant connection to Manicheaism. Vegetarian too, and some people accuse them of asking their members for money all the time.
I’m partial to Vietnam’s Caodaism myself (that’s the one that venerates Sun Yat-sen and Victor Hugo as saints, and got prominent mention in Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American”). I’ve been to Yiguantao a few times, but never been initiated or anything. They remind me a bit of the Mormons, except branching out of Chinese folk religion instead of Christianity. Same taste in clothes, anyway!
Apparently there are a bunch of sub-sects. If anybody knows more, please edit their wikipedia site:
I went to a Tiendijiao center once too. Apparently it got started in the 1970’s, as a spin-off of Tiendejiao (“Heaven Virtue Religion” as opposed to “Heaven Emperor Religion”), and they talked a lot about nuclear war back then. I also went to their hq in Nantou, for a conference among representatives of Taiwan’s minority religions, and got to meet the “popes” of six religions at once!