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Taoic Religions

   
 

Taoic Religions


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Taoic religions are one of the three main schools of religion in the world (the others being the Abrahamic religions, which include Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and the Dharmic religions, which include Buddhism Hinduism Jainism, and Sikhism).

Taoic religions are focused around the concept of Tao ("The Way"), and mainly originate from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

The Taoic religions currently have at least 500 million followers around the world and include:
  • Caodaism
    Cao Dai (also written Caodaism, or Caodaiism) is a monotheistic religion that originated in Vietnam in the early part of the 20th Century. There are several million adherents to the religion within Vietnam, as well as several tens of thousands more (primarily of ethnic Vietnamese origin) in other countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada, and some European countries.

  • Cheondoism
    Cheondoism (also written Cheondoism, Cheondogyo, or Chondogyo) is religion that originates from Korea. The religion traces its origins to the early 19th century, and has over 1 million followers and 280 churches in South Korea. There are also said to be substantial numbers of Chondoyoists in North Korea, although it is likely that they are unable to actively practice the religion.

  • Confucianism
    Confucianism is an ethical and philosopical system derived from the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius (551 to 479 BCE). Confucianism focuses on ethics and practical matters such as the importance of the family, rather than belief in gods and afterlife. As a result of its humanistic stance, there is some debate among scholars, and religious people, about whether Confucianism is properly classified as a religion.

  • I-Kuan Tao
    I-Kuan Tao (often abbreviated to IKT), which is also known as Yiguàn Dào is a religious movement that originated in 20the Century China. I-Kuan Tao is a syncretistic movement, which incorporates elements of Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, but also aspects the validity non-Chinese religious traditions such as Christianity and Islam. In the I-Kuan Tao religious groups are proscribed, however the religion is thriving in Taiwan and overseas Chinese communities.

  • Shinto
    Shinto, which means "Way of the Gods", is the indigenous spiritual and religious system of Japan, and includes practices that debate at least to the 8th Century if not earlier. 80% or more of Japanese people are nominally Shinto (according to most statistics), however opinion polls indicate that most people in Japan consider themselves non-religious, and there are perhaps only 4 million people in Japan who actively practice Shinto rituals. Additionally, most people who do practice Shinto rituals also practice Buddhist rituals.

  • Taoism Taoism (also written Daoism) is a philosophical and religious tradition that originated in China, and has a profound influence on that country's culture and history. Taoism is difficult to classify as it includes both religious and philosophical elements, and because it is not a single organized religion. Taoism has traditionally been classified into two parts - Philosophical Taoism ("Daojia" - "school of Dao") and Religious Taoism ("Daojiao" - "teachings of Dao") - however many scholars reject this division, as they do not find it useful in categorizing the various Taoist schools, movements, and sects.

Song Dynasty painting illustrating the theme "Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are one":
Song Dynasty Painting



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