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The Tao has reality and evidence but no action and no form It may be transmitted but cannot be received It may be attained but cannot be seen It exits by and through itself It existed before Heaven and earth and indeed for all eternity The following was what Taoism is to Hua-Ching Ni a Taoist Taoism is also pronounced Dow-ism Taoism is Chinas oldest native religion Among many Chinese schools of thought it is second to that of Confucianism Tao or Dao means way In order to obtain it one must do nothing Nothing strained artificial or unnatural Taoism strives for harmony between individuals It incorporates universal energy A popular symbol of this energy is the Yin-Yang It is an ancient Taoist model of this natural energy The history of Taoism is unique Taoism became popular like a cult as some describe Everlasting life was sought through magic and a variety of elixirs They tried to prolong life by experimenting with alchemy during the 3rd and 6th centuries Xuan wu Da Di is one of the oldest Taoist Deities I is told that he was born in the proto-historical Yellow Empire Period He was very powerful and stated he would kill evil spirits that roamed the world He refused Kingship and received teachings from a Taoist immortal After this it is said he moved to Tai He Mountain to practice his newly learned Taoism When he achieved his immorality he received command of the Northern Heavens from the Jade Emperor During the 14 century when Yuon Dynasty was in control Xuan Wu was the most important Deity in Northern China Xuan Wu helped Zhu Li the newly emperor on several occasions In his repayment Zhen Wu Temples were built for Taoist worship One temple constructed is known as the Golden Temple at the Tai He Mountains highest peak That temple can still be seen today It was then under a spiritual leader named Chang
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