Daosim in Ancient China

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Daosim in Ancient China

Daoism was quite similar to Confucianism in many respects. Both beliefs were a mixture of religion and philosphy. Other than their similarities though, Daoism offered a range of alternatives to the Confucius way of living. The majority of people in China practice both beliefs at different stages of their lives or as a different side of their personality/taste.

Daoism in Ancient China

When was it developed and who did?Daoism was formed around 550 BC and originated from China. It was formed by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu though another philospher, Zhuang Zhou, wrote various texts that were very significant in the creation of Daoism. China was in disorder and chaos around the time Daoism was invented so it really helped bring order and peace upon the nation.

Daoism is based around the "Dao", meaning "the way". It is the belief that everything in life and everything that happens is flows with a mysterious, unknown force called the Dao. It focused on harmony and nature, simplicity, and an easy approach to life.

Early Daoists taught the art of living and surviving by conforming with the natural way of things. As they were interested in health and vitality, they experimented with medicines and herbs, creating excellent results. They also developed healthy cooking and diets and systems of gymnastics and massaging techniques to keep one’s body in good shape. Daoists recognised many gods and goddesses but they all referred to them as one large pantheon which were all associated with “Dao” – the way.

Main Practices and Ideas

Over the years it has gained around 20 million followers and has been very influential to the Chinese. Daoism inspired in the Chinese the love of nature and to occasionally retreat to it in hard times.

Lao Tzu, creator of Daoism.

A daoist meditating at the White Temple.

The first writings of Daoism were written by Lao Tzu himself. He had been saddened by the society’s lack of goodness at the time and had decided to retreat to the countryside, somewhere near Tibet. As he was passing the city gates for the last time before he went on his way, the gatekeeper asked him to write down his “parting thoughts”. Lao Tzu agreed to this and returned 3 days later with a small book. This is now considered the most important text of Daoism.

Influence on the Chinese

Daoist Texts

Pages from the book, Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu.

Pictures:Lao Tzu - http://lightworkers.org/blog/158822/visit-lao-tzeTao Te Ching pages - https://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/11-14-11Daoist - http://www.kungfu-taichi.com/servlet/kungfoo/Action/Resource/ResourceKey/1395


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