Comparing Daoism and Confucianism

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You can compare Daoism and Confucianism to yin and yang because they complement each other. Daoism and Confucianism coexist as complementary value classifications in East Asian societies. Unlike Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in which these religions were developed in East Asia, Daoism and Confucianism grew mainly in China. Although these religions grew from similar roots, they both still have different emphases. Daoism also known as Taoism, was a philosophical and radical text written by Laozi (Lao-tzu) who was the curator of the royal library of the Zhou dynasty in China. Daoism pertains to the way of nature and immortality which was a tradition of self-cultivation and longevity techniques. Much of Laozi’s teachings were associated with Daode Jing that focuses on Dao as a “way” or path. This was based on an appropriate way to behave and to lead others (Fisher, 2014). These teachings were also enlarged more forcefully by Zhuangzi, who asserted that the best way to live in a disordered civilization is to become removed from it ("Patheos library,"). Daoism did not exist until the Celestial Masters clique was founded in 184 CE by Zhang Daoling, which was based the clique on spiritual communications from the sacred Laozi. The Celestial Masters engaged in complex ritual practices, including piety to a huge range of divinities and immortals, and thousands of Taoist texts were formed over the centuries. On the other hand, Confucianism focuses on ways of developing a fair
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