10 Facts About Taoist


Today, the Taoist religion is one of the five religious doctrines officially recognized by the People's Republic of China, including in its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

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Early Taoist movements developed their own institution in contrast to shamanism but absorbed basic shamanic elements.

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Taoist cosmology is cyclic—the universe is seen as being in a constant process of re-creating itself.

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Taoist generally do not consult published versions of the Daozang, but individually choose, or inherit, texts included in the Daozang.

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In general though, Chinese Taoist architecture lacks universal features that distinguish it from other structures.

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Taoist tore apart temples, which demanded animal sacrifice and drove away its priests.

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In 1956, the Chinese Taoist Association was formed to administer the activities of all registered Taoist orders, and received official approval in 1957.

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Taoist arts represents the diverse regions, dialects, and time spans that are commonly associated with Taoism.

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Ancient Taoist art was commissioned by the aristocracy; however, scholars masters and adepts directly engaged in the art themselves.

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In neighboring Vietnam, Taoist values have been shown to adapt to social norms and formed emerging sociocultural beliefs together with Confucianism.

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