The term “indigenous” is defined as originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native, associated with cultural authenticity. A few examples of Chinese cultural attributes would be martial arts, religion, as well as its renowned calligraphy.
The Chinese define kung fu as hard work used in the form of self defense only instead of attacking purposes. In many kung fu studios the master repeatedly tells his or her students that the sole purpose of each exercise is to only be used to prevent harm to oneself. To this day there are hundreds of styles of Chinese martial arts, each with their own different style.
The religion that is defined with the Chinese civilization would be Buddhism. It was introduced over 2,000 years ago and is an influence to the local culture on three main aspects: literature, art, and ideology. It is said by Mouzi Lihuolun that “In olden days emperor Ming saw in a dream a god whose body had the brilliance of the sun and who flew before his palace; and he rejoiced exceedingly at this. The next day he asked his officials: “What god is this?” the scholar Fu Yi said: “Your subject has heard it said that in India there is somebody who has attained the Dao and who is called Buddha; he flies in the air, his body had the brilliance of the sun; this must be that god.”
Calligraphy was first used by the Chinese during the year of 200 BC. It is known for its beauty as well as intricate designs. The most known use for calligraphy would be a person’s name or individual seal of approval. Only the privileged and wealthy citizens of China were able to read as well as write in the form of calligraphy.