Teen (Chinese, heaven), a word generally used by the early Roman Catholic missionaries to denote the Supreme Being; but, to render it more evidently descriptive of a person, the Inquisition ordered the addition to it of the word Choo, "Lord?" Thus Teen-Choo meant "Lord of heaven," and came to be the recognized appellative of God by Romish converts. The Protestant missionaries rejected Teen, and substituted Shin or Shang-te.

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