The A to Z of Taoism

The A to Z of Taoism

by Julian F. Pas


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Taoism, the set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in the understanding of the Chinese character Tao, or "The Way," was founded by the Chinese philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BCE, whose work, the Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way and its Virtue) laid the philosophical foundation for the religion's beliefs. This volume starts, as it should, with a detailed chronology of Taoism and its relationship both to China and other teachings. The introduction inserts it further in this basic context. Then the dictionary section, consisting of several hundred cross-referenced entries, provides a more detailed treatment of significant persons, nonpersons (gods and demons), concepts, practices, rituals, scriptures, and schools. The bibliography suggests further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810855113
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Series: A to Z Guide Series , #13
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The late Julian Pas taught religious and Far Eastern studies at the University of Saskatchewan for about three decades, during which time he lectured and wrote extensively on Taoism.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Note on Spelling Part 3 Abbreviations Part 4 Table of Chinese Dynasties Part 5 Chronology of Taoist History Part 6 Introduction Part 7 The Dictionary Part 8 Bibliography Part 9 Appendix: Centers of Taoist Study and Practice Today Part 10 About the Author

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