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Flag Freestyle February 28, 2014 11:58 AM EST

There are two forms of Taoism: philosophical and religious.

Philisophical Taoism is Eastern into which is rational, non-sectarian, egalitarian and views death as a return to the Tao.  Of course, this Taoism is Chinese.

Religious Taoism is Western into which is holistic, nondenominational, esoteric and holds the belief that health and healing may lead to longetivity or even immortality.  This Taoism is Celtic.

As Dr. Wayne W. Dyer once put it, Lao-tzu would have been shocked to hear that the Tao Te Ching became the basis of a religion.  The book is of Chinese philosophy and to hear that Taoism is a Chinese religion would be a mockery of religious faith.  Of course, the Celts were known for their longetivity and rare cases of immortality.  If religious Taoism did have Celtic Christian roots, I would not be surprised.

Flag Annie_alive February 28, 2014 10:03 PM EST

I don't understand how you expect anyone to take you seriously, when you have nothing to support your claims. 

Flag XingYi March 8, 2014 1:30 AM EST

Given that the existence of a single individual calle Lao Tzu is debatable and most of the writings contained in the Tao Te Ching predate the time of Christ, your statements are highly unlikely.

In addition, the distinction between Taoist philosophy and religion is one imposed by Western scholars. Most Asian societies don't draw such hard lines between them.

Flag Freestyle March 12, 2014 11:19 AM EDT

Before we begin, I must remind you that I have extrasensory perception (ESP) and have used my retrocognitive abilities to find out about Taoism -- my religion.  Thank you. ~Mew Xacata

Taoism was accidently founded in A.D. 1013 Ireland by a 13-year-old girl genius named Serena Mew (A.D.1000.-A.D. 1120), into whom was nicknamed "Mulan" by her frineds because of her hobby being writing Chinese calligraphy. Some believe she was the incarnation of Lao-tzu, although that is highly debatable. They were under the wing of the Archbishop at that time. It teaches hard work and thrift.  It is mystical, cultic, esoteric and views health and healing as means to longetivity or even immortality.  Of course, there is a belief in Heaven, but not Hell.  The name "Taoism" was because Mulan and her friends were called the "Shang Tao" due to their devotion to the Chinese and Latin Tao Te Ching, such being accredited to the philosophy of Lao-tzu.  Taoism is based upon the Shang Tao.  Taoists are practitioners of this religion.

The following is the Taoist calendar:

  • April -- April
  • Beltane -- May
  • Ennea -- June
  • Falco -- July
  • Lammas -- August
  • Mabon -- September
  • Samhein -- October
  • Helsing -- November
  • Yuletide -- December
  • Oidnus -- January
  • Imbolc -- February
  • Dannon -- March

The following are the Taoist holidays:

  • Candlemas: The Day of Creation into which no meat is eaten.
  • Maybeleen: The Day of Mulan's birth with banquet dinners.
  • Lughnomas: The Day of Harvest with potluck dinners.
  • Halloween: The Day of Mulan's Ascention with dinner parties.

The first day of the Taoist calendar is April 1.  It is called "April Fool's Day" because January 1 is the beginning of the Gregorian calendar. Most non-Taoists play jokes on that day.

Yuletide, the month of December, is the fasting period from December 1 to the Winter Solstice.  It is to commemborate Mulan's illness with typhoid fever and her miraculous recovery, mainly known as the New Age Rising, which in turn ended the Dark Ages (A.D. 490 - A.D. 1020).  At that time, she wrote the entirity of the Tao Te Ching in Gaelic, thus resulting in the supreme miracle of the New Age Rising into which many Europeans became literate and became a forerunner of the Renaissance.  The last day of Yuletide -- that being Yule -- is celebrated with a feast to commemorate her immortality.  When she turne 120, she ascended into Heaven and left a legacy of love and literature.  Not only that, but she saved all of civilization and saved us from the Dark Ages.  Of course, Yule does not end the month of Yuletide but instead prolongs its duration to December 31.

The early Taoists wore the Triquetta as the symbol of the faith until the 14th century, where they obtained the yin-yang by purchasing a portrait from a Chinese artist.  The Gaidheal is believed to be the embodiment of the Tao and all things as manifestation of the Tao, thus we are Her creations.  The nemesis of the faith is Maitreya, a mad sorceress whom used magic to drive mortals insane.  She is worse than Satan, for she would enslave someone.  The umbrella term "New Age" is used to define early Taoism, Taoist music and the New Age Rising.

Of course, Taoism has plenty of taboos.  For one, sex is forbidden because there is a chance that a thane would have sex with a mortal.  Alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer are forbidden because they are potent.  Lamb is forbidden because it is sacred.  Worldly pleasures such as gambling, tobacco, pornography and so on are condemned because they are a waste of money, time and health.  Pregnanacy is forbidden because the womb is sacred.  Breastfeeding is permitted since such can be based on hormone medicinial drugs.  I know this sounds wierd, but this is what Taoists believe.

Taoist worship is done at home, although the bard is the leader of the clannad, or the Taoist community. The gatherings are usually held at restaurants to where some of them become sponsors.

Taoist music is known as "New Age," from the Gaelic nu'aois, meaning "eternity."

Taoism is now the largest religion in the world since 2002 with 1.8 billion souls.  Buddhism has 1.2 billion.  Christianity has 1 billion.  Islam has 960 million.  Hinduism has 800 million.  Jainism has 32 million.  Sikhism has 23 million.  Judaism has 15 million.  Baha'i has 12 million.  Shinto hsa 9 million.  The rest of the world's population are found under indigneous and alternative religions.

*I have submitted this post in the "Paranormal and Supernatural" forum due to my extrasensory abilities.  Of course, I can understand Chinese philosophy.

To become a Taoist, one must give himself to the Tao and his cause, for that causes the person to empty his/her thoughts.  A person who is literally perfect is called a whitesnake.

By the way, the reason why the "T" is pronounced like a "D" is because the letter is pronounced with a soft "t," into which sounds like a "d."  "Ch" is pronounced with a soft "ch" into which sounds like a "j."  Such can be proven; for example, "You're the man" can be pronounced, "You're da man."

The Tao is the impersonal Ultimate Realtiy embodied in the Gaidheal (pronounced "gail," rhymes with "jail"), into whom are personal deities.  There are 99 deities in the pantheon of Taoism -- which counts as a religion because there is only one chief deity, and that is Gaia, the Soverign Thane. The deities are called thanes, into which is Gaelic for "deity" since they had a pantheon of their own.  For example, Taoism has a Lord Ahrkon, Thane of Poetry, portrayed as an owl with a quill pen and sheet of paper.  The thanes of the Gaidheal are different from the Celtic deities.

The twisted nemesis of the Gaidheal and the Tao is Maitreya, the insane sorceress.  She is the leader of the Dark Lords and known for her minions -- the 10,000 things.  She thinks she is Danu, the Celtic goddess of death and mother of the gods.  Maitreya was named after one of the Earthly Buddhas.

Rebirths occur until all life lessons are complete.  Those who are good would rest in peace while those who are bad become shadows of themselves.  Life lessons are personal and will be recalled after the person dies -- usually before the next life.

On a historic note: No one knows exactly when the Chinese religious tradition known as Taoism was established.  The Taoism founded by Mulan was an override.  To prove Taoism is Celtic, the yin-yang symbol is really known as the Dragon Shield being of Celtic origin dating back to 10,000 B.C.  Yin is night and yang is day.  The eye of yin stands for the moon.  The eye of yang stands for the sun.

If Taoism was Chinese, it would have a belief in Heaven and Hell -- beliefs held in ancient China.  Since Taoism does not have a belief in Hell and its belief in rebirth as voluntary, then Taoism is overridden as a Celtic religion.  Taoists believe that everyone -- including the wicked -- go to Heaven after they die.  The problem at hand is that those who were good are honored and respected while those who were bad are shunned and ridiculed.  Even the wicked decide to be reborn for another chance to be honored.  Again, rebirth is a choice in Taoism.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I base this on deductive reasoning.  You be the judge.

Flag Freestyle April 28, 2014 11:31 AM EDT

Feb 28, 2014 -- 10:03PM, Annie_alive wrote:

I don't understand how you expect anyone to take you seriously, when you have nothing to support your claims. 

Read my full post about Taoism.  It will knock your socks off.

Flag Freestyle April 28, 2014 11:33 AM EDT

Mar 8, 2014 -- 1:30AM, XingYi wrote:

Given that the existence of a single individual calle Lao Tzu is debatable and most of the writings contained in the Tao Te Ching predate the time of Christ, your statements are highly unlikely.

In addition, the distinction between Taoist philosophy and religion is one imposed by Western scholars. Most Asian societies don't draw such hard lines between them.

I understand and I apologize for being such a whitesnake.  I have a long post about Taoism.

Flag Jupiter6208 April 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT

I really don't know where you get your theories. they are amusing though.

Flag Freestyle April 29, 2014 11:26 AM EDT

Apr 28, 2014 -- 1:05PM, Jupiter6208 wrote:

I really don't know where you get your theories. they are amusing though.

Theories?!  These are religious beliefs, silly!

Flag Freestyle May 27, 2014 11:23 AM EDT

If Taoism was a Chinese religion dating back 500 B.C., then it would be too expensive to join.  Although it would promise Heaven, it would charge an arm and a leg.  Applied to today, practicing Taoism would cost the average Taoist $100,000.  Taoism is Celtic and thus dirt cheap.

Flag XingYi May 28, 2014 1:36 AM EDT

I. . . There are no words.

Flag Freestyle May 28, 2014 11:41 AM EDT

May 28, 2014 -- 1:36AM, XingYi wrote:

I. . . There are no words.

Don't worry.  There are Taoists in China to this day.  Besides, you don't have to practice Taoism by the book.  Taoism is a freeform religion that has different meanings to different people.  Of course, you may worship any thane(s) (or deities) you choose.  You do not have to worship all of them, for all thanes are embodiments of the Tao, into which is a nickname for God.  It is recommended that you read the Laozi (or Tao Te Ching) on a daily or weekly basis.

Besides, I think you mean "I. . . never mind!" in Western terminology.  I understand.

Thank you, and blessed be.

Mew Xacata

Flag Freestyle June 11, 2014 11:01 AM EDT

I have been doing a research project on the New Age movement for 13 years and have come to a conclusion -- and a point.  "The religion one practices must be a guide, not a life."

I will see about having this statement posted in the New Age forum.

Flag Ravenmew August 9, 2015 12:11 AM EDT

Taoism as we know of it is both a pantheon and a religion into which is nontheistic because only one is worshipped, and that is Lady Gaia, Thane of Nature.  All others are under Her authority.  It was founded by accident by Zelda Pendragon as a joke.  The Tao Te Ching is really the Laozi.  The religion synchronized with Chinese philosophy, hence its resemblance.  As Dr. Wayne Dyer once pointed out, "Lao-tzu would be shocked to hear that his works became the basis of a religion.

Don't believe me?  Remember the resemblance between the fictious Titan and the real-life Titanic?  That's synchronicity.  Taoism is the same way, for Zelda synchronized with the Chinese philosophers at that time.

Flag Ravenmew August 10, 2015 8:59 PM EDT

My problem is various Christians wearing the yin-yang symbol of Taoism with no clue what it stands for.  Some suggest it's Buddhist while others would instate it represents the balance between good and evil.  In reality,  the yin-yang represents the paradox of divinity, that being the most extreme of one side bearing the resemblance of its opposite.  For example, I am the most extreme male which makes me feminine.  My wife Kiki is the most extreme female which makes her masculine.  This adultery of Taoism made me murderous!

Why was I angry? Because I am a Taoist and the symbol means so much to me.  Now I am in the process of forgiving these Christians for fooling with Taoism, especially when they once said it was Chinese.

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