Major world religions
Taoism (a.k.a. Daoism)
The Taoist Yin Yang symbol:
Taoism is an Eastern religion/philosophy with perhaps 225 million followers. Although it is more accurately referred to as a philosophy, books on world religions inevitably include it with other religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism.
The exact number of followers is impossible to estimate because many of its followers also identify with other religions -- often Buddhism and Confucianism -- and because it is impossible to obtain reliable polling information from individuals in China.
Taoists were heavily persecuted in China for years after the Communist victory in 1949, and during the cultural revolution from 1966 to 1976. Some religious tolerance and freedom has been restored over the last three decades.
Topics discussed in this section:
- Quotations, history, historical texts
- Concepts, beliefs, practices, symbol, names, Tai Chi, courses, & objects
- Information sources on Taoism/Daoism: Texts, websites, popular books
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Original publishing date: 1995-JUN-3 (That is not an error; we really have been online since the infancy of the Internet.)
Latest update on: 2011-AUG-16
Author. B.A. Robinson