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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