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Questions about the religion "Taoism"? please help me out here! :/?

okay im doing a project on Taoism and need to know the historic Origin and the “story” of how it began..!!!!
i looked on several websites and cant seem to get the background straight.


  1. It was a concept on life about a guy who worked for the ruler of China. he didn’t want to do politics anymore and wanted to be a hermit. but the ruler made him write down all his concepts and ideas in a book.
    This eventually became the basis of the religion. The guy isn’t divine, he just put his ideas of divinity into writing, and people followed it eventually.

  2. Taoism is massively broadly defined. You’re going to have to be more specific. When you say “Taoism”, what are you referring to? Do you mean, like the year of the rat, the dog, etc ?

  3. Many people interested in the Tao are still under the impression that Lao Tzu founded Taoism about 2,500 years ago. There is some truth to this, as long we are only talking about philosophical Taoism (Dao Jia) or religious Taoism (Dao Jiao). However, the one thing that most people do not realize is that both variants of Taoism came from a much older tradition, known to the Chinese simply as the Tao. It is not possible for Lao Tzu to be the founder of this ancient tradition for the simple reason that it began at least 2,300 years before his time.


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