The following passages are quoted from the book,"Mankind's Search For God," published by the Watchtower Society. Information about obtaining a copy of the book can be found at www.watchtower.org "'LET a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools contend.' That saying, made famous by Mao Tse-tung of the People's Republic of China in a speech in 1956, was actually a paraphrase of the expression that Chinese scholars have used to describe the era in China from the fifth to the third centuries B.C.E., called the Warring States period. By this time the mighty Chou dynasty (c. 1122-256 B.C.E.) had deteriorated into a system of loosely bound feudal states that were engaged in continuous warfare, much to the distress of the common people. "The turmoil and suffering brought about by the wars seriously weakened the authority of the traditional ruling class. The common people were no longer content with submitting themselves to the whims and wiles of the aristocracy and silently suffering the consequences. As a result, long-suppressed ideas and aspirations burst forth like 'a hundred flowers.' Different schools of thought advanced their ideas on government, law, social order, conduct, and ethics, as well as on subjects such as agriculture, music, and literature, as the means for restoring some normalcy to life. They came to be known as the 'hundred schools.' Most of them did not produce a lasting effect. Two schools, however, gained such prominence that they have influenced life in China for over 2,000 years. They were what eventually came to be known as Taoism and Confucianism. "In its early stages, Taoism was more a philosophy than a religion. Its founder, Lao-tzu, was dissatisfied with the chaos and turmoil of the times and sought relief by shunning society and returning to nature. Not a great deal is known about the man, who is said to have lived in the sixth century B.C.E., although even that is uncertain. He was commonly called Lao-tzu, which means 'Old Master' or 'Old One,' because, as legend has it, his pregnant mother carried him for so long that when he was born, his hair had already turned white. "The only official record about Lao-tzu is in Shih Chi (Historical Records), by Ssu-ma Ch'ien, a respected court historian of the second and first centuries B.C.E. According to this source, Lao-tzu's real name was Li Erh. He served as a clerk in the imperial archives at Loyang, central China. But more significantly, it gives this account about Lao-tzu: "Lao Tzu resided in Chou most of his life. When he foresaw the decay of Chou, he departed and came to the frontier. The custom-house officer Yin Hsi said: 'Sir, since it pleases you to retire, I request you for my sake to write a book.' Thereupon Lao Tzu wrote a book of two parts consisting of five thousand and odd words, in which he discussed the concepts of the Way [Tao] and the Power [Te]. Then he departed. No one knows where he died. "Many scholars doubt the authenticity of this account. In any case, the book that was produced is known as Tao Te Ching (generally translated 'The Classic of the Way and the Power') and is considered the principal text of Taoism. It is written in terse, cryptic verses, some of which are only three or four words long. Because of this and because the meaning of some characters has changed considerably since the time of Lao-tzu, the book is subject to many different interpretations. "Taoism was basically a school of philosophy. Reacting to the injustices, suffering, devastation, and futility that resulted from the harsh rule of the feudal system of the time, Taoists believed that the way to find peace and harmony was to go back to the tradition of the ancients before there were kings and ministers who dominated the common people. Their ideal was to live the tranquil, rural life, in union with nature."
You have it wrong sorry...Confucius had nothing to do with creating Taoism and sadly it (Taoism) is not a religion either
Yes, taoism is a non-hierarchrical religion.
no its an ethnic religion
Taoism is more of a philosophy than a religion. Its people are called Taoists.
Taoism is NOT a religion,It's a way of life.The "tao" is everything.
the founder of Taoism is Lao Tzu, a chinese philosopher.
Confucianism is for Chinese and Taoism is for Japanese
i don't know because i need the answer or definition of taoism
It was taoism.
The religion of Taoism derives from the philosophy of Taoism which was founded by Lao-tzu. The practice of Taoism began during the Shang dynasty in China.
Yes, Taoism was at one time the dominant religion in China.
Taoism is a natural philosophy, Catholicism is a revealed religion.
One major belief in the taoism religion is to lead a simple and selfless life and to always be kind to others.
Confucianism and Taoism. These are two of the most prevalent in Chinese history.
Lao-tzu is the founder of the Taoist religion
Chinese folk religion.
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A way of thinking and a religion