National Geographic : 1936 Dec
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society Camera Painting by H. C . and J. II . White and Deng Bao-ling SIMPLICITY MARKS THE SUPREME DEITY'S SHRINE Enthroned in a jewellike rotunda within the walls of the Temple of Heaven, the cylindrical blue tablet bears four golden Chinese and three Manchu characters signifying " Shang Ti, Ruler of the Universe." Ancient Chinese believed in a single God, and even recent emperors sacrificed to Him at the Altar of Heaven. Today the people worship a host of divinities, mostly Buddhist and Taoist. China's Mohammedans number from 15 to 20 millions, Christians between three and four millions.