One of the earliest religion or teaching originated from China. It can trace back to Ancient time when people believe that nature is everything. It started to form community and as a religion by the time of “Laozi”. Taoizm believed in Three (3) Gods that created everything from Universe to anything on earth. Everything from zero to all and all to non is actually “Tao”. It has a believe across time that there is certain methodology via meditation or doing something will lead you to become angels. Or even one of the God.
I do not explain much on Taoizm as there are plenty information around. But from the angle of Taoizm, there is a place that can transfer life after dead to be an angel or God in another world. This is a believe from Ancient Chinese even until today.