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Isabel Angeles

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Transcript of Taoism

6. Other Current Areas it is Practiced
7. Any Major Conflicts
5. Map of Your Case Study Country
4. Diffusion
3. Key Beliefs/Practices
2. Impact on the
Cultural Landscape
1. Origin
Taoism originated in Prehistoric China in the Warring States Era around 551-479 BCE. No one is really certain about the origin or founder of Taoism; it grew out of various religious and philosophical traditions in ancient China, including shamanism and nature religion.
Taoism is practiced by approximately
20 million people located in:
Taoism was involved in multiple disputes between other religions and government.
Religious Conflict
During Taoism's growth period in 200-700 AD it faced competition with another quickly growing religion called Buddhism.
Political Conflict
The cultural revolution and communist takeover caused a decline of 99% of Taoists over a period of ten years.
The two religions often were in dispute over there opposing religious beliefs about life and how it should be lived. They also competed over the spot of official religion of the imperial court.
During the Cultural Revolution Taoism
was banned and many sacred text and temples were destroyed resulting in many turning away from the religion.
It is traditionally believed that the founder of Taoism is Lao Tzu, a sixth century B.C. philosopher. Historians aren't completely sure whether Lao Tzu actually existed. However, there is a book that is believed to be written by Lao Tzu. This book is dated to the late 4th century BC and is called Tao Te Ching.

By: Isabel Angeles
Alana Gipson
Tina Vu
Map Of China
Wu-Wei is the act of doing nothing,
and by that i mean not
forcing anything upon anything
and going with the flow.
All Taoist believe in the interactions between humans and nature.
The Tao is a very important part of Taoism. It extremely difficult to describe as it is not a thing at all and actually more of a "system of guidance" or what Taoists live by. It is not a God and is not worshiped.

Taoist also strongly
believe in yin and
yang and Wu-Wei.
Taoism originated in china
From china, Taoism has diffused to other East Asian countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea and Japan.
How Taoism has affected China is that Taoism has something called "Feng Shui". It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. China's cultural landscape is styled in Feng Shui, meaning there is a natural balance of energy. The style of Feng Shui is to create a balanced and natural environment to keep your well being happy and healthy. The five elments of Feng Shui are wood, water, metal, fire, and earth.

Taoism was diffused through contagious diffusion and a little relocation diffusion. It was not as wide spread as bigger more diffused religions and tends to stay in eastern Asia.
These are a few different Taoist temples

The Tao includes several concepts in one word:
•the source of creation
•the ultimate
•the inexpressible and indefinable
•the unnameable
•the natural universe as a whole
•the way of nature as a whole

The deities that are worshiped in Taoism are also dependent on the Tao as well as everything in the universe.
All three of these buildings are
styled in "feng shui". They are
. People
believed that when you style
buildings with vibrant colors, it
will make your well being more
balanced and healthy.

Yu-Huang (Jade Emperor)
"High God of Taoists"
Ruler over both living and dead, lord of all gods, demons, and Buddhas.
Distributes Justice
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