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The World's Religions Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter V, Taoism, The Old Master, Summary

Huston Smith
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Chapter V, Taoism, The Old Master, Summary and Analysis

There is scant evidence about the traditional founder of Taoism. It is traced back to a man named Lao Tzu (ca 604 B. C.) whose name, translated, means "the Old Boy" or "the Old Fellow" or "the Grand Old Master". He was enigmatic and once compared to a dragon. Lao's Tao Te Ching or The Way and Its Power is a slim volume of some 5,000 Chinese characters. He was a loner who was often seen riding off on the back of a water buffalo and appeared to have little interest in the success of his ideas. Yet, it became stylish for even Emperors to claim him as a somewhat shadowy ancestor.

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