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[Tiandejiao] image by Miles Li, 9 April 2017

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Tiandejiao 天德教 (full name: Tiande shengjiao 天德聖教), also known in English as the Tiande Religion, is a syncretic religion encompassing Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam. Founded in China in 1927, and now one of the larger New Religious Movements in Taiwan, it also has a presence in Hong Kong.

The Tiandejiao flag is yellow, bearing a highly stylized letter for 'heart' (心) in red at the centre, surrounded by the Doctrine of Twenty Characters in black, which reads counterclockwise from the top, meaning:

Loyalty, Forgiveness, Integrity, Brightness, Ethic;
Uprightness, Righteousness, Trust, Forbearance, Impartiality;
Broadness, Filial Piety, Benevolence, Mercifulness, Consciousness;
Temperance, Frugality, Genuineness, Propriety, Harmony.

Tiandejiao should not be confused with the Dejiao 德教, a similarly syncretic religion of a separate origin with a different flag.
Miles Li, 9 April 2017