Taoism: Religion and Tao-te Ching Essay

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It is said that religion itself is one of the strongest powers. It spreads as far as an Arabian tapestry, where each strand beholds mans form of religious beliefs and faiths. Violence and conflict snowball their ways throughout each different religion, providing the believers with a grudge against the other. More specifically, as each religion beholds similar beliefs (meaning god) it creates a strong force of hatred. Taoism, for example, is an ancient tradition of stories and religious belief that Japanese people follow as their customs. It is also, one of the reasons why Japanese see the world as it is today. Taoist aspects have become well-known and followed throughout the world due to martial arts.
Beliefs and Believers:
Taoists struggle to the balancing of yin and yang, and developing meditation. The human body is called the "chi-derived energy" which refers to people that have more power over the rest and can concentrate better with rules. One of the most well-known concentrations is Chi which refers to "mystical breath”, the "breath of nature" and the quality of spirit".
Taoists live a life that is very simple, and encourage their followers to do well in this life and no bad deeds to seek happiness and peace after they pass away.
Sacred Texts and Writings:
There are two types of sacred texts in Taoism:
The Tao-te Ching- Is the text used in Taoism. Some scholars believe that this text was created over a period of centuries. The existence of the creator of this text himself was said to be a historical figure that existed during the 19th century.
Chuang-Tzu: Has 33 chapters, 53 chapters in the 4th century. A variety of versions of this work has been created making it harder for people to find the original text. They say that chapters 1-7 are originally writings from Chuang-Tzu himself, but 8-23 have been edited and changed by other but with Chuang-Tzu’s help. This book is very important in Taoism and is known to be more effective than the 'Tao-te Ching' text. It has also been and influence on the development on Chinese Buddhism and Chinese paintings and artworks.
Ethics:
Using the 4 principles of nature, there are different ideas and thoughts that make-up the…