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Being a Chinese I am surprised to see that Taoism is defined as a kind of religions and introduced in this humanities class that is comparing different world religions Though I know that I do not learn about Taoism very well I always thought I am correct that Taoism is a philosophy rather than a religion as far as I am a Chinese where the Taoism is found To me the Gods and Goddesses like Emperor Jade in religious Taoism are merely characters in fairy tales I have never thought that these characters in myths would mean God of certain religion And hence I always thought Taoism is not a religion at all but a philosophy that about life style However I was wrong Taoism is in fact classified as religious Taoism and philosophical Taoism Contrary to religious Taoism and other world religions I think philosophical Taoism has greater impact on his believers It does not changes one habits in living as there are no religious habits or religious ceremonies at all What that Taoism really changes his followers are their inner self their idea about life and the universe Taoism tells people how they can live and how their life can go on like It is just a way of thinking and living harmony with nature Taoism is never a religion There is no Gods deities rituals altars or ceremonies for people to follow there are no disciplines or regularities that people need to practice there are no promises on the result of following this belief or punishment on not following certain disciplines Our learning of Taoism is basically coming from the book written by Lao Tze Tao De Jing Very different from the holly book in other world religions like Bible and Quran in Christianity and Islam respectively though Lao Tzu is acknowledged as the writer of this book the book has nothing to do with Lao Tzus life Tao De Jing is
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