China 's Most Strapping Religion

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Desha Fleureme July 10, 2015 Taoism China 's most strapping religion, Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious beliefs that have been deeply rooted within the Chinese customs. It can also be referred to as Daoism, which is a more accurate way of saying the Chinese word in English. The Tao in Taoism is usually translated as the Way. Despite the unknown of what the Tao really means, it upholds a significant importance to the universe in the warmest regards. It is very difficult to determine the number of Taoist in the world, especially in the mainland of China where religion was outlawed under the strict communist rule. However, it is estimated to have the range from 30 million to 300 million followers in China alone. Many Taoist followers are located in small communities of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and in Southeast Asia that make up a significant portion of the 21st-century population. Nearly 2000 years ago, Taoism was created. However, the date it was founded on is obscure. During the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE, Taoism was acknowledged by the religious system. Amongst the first, is the Celestial Master of the first organized school of thought, Zhang Daoling. To date, there is a current Celestial Master that lives in Taiwan, Tianshi Dao. Most Taoist ideas come from the Chinese schools of thought. Unfortunately, there is not an accurate way to distinguish between the ideas that are fundamentally Taoist and those that Taoism took from other religions,

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