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The World's Religions - Study Guide Chapter V, Taoism, Vicarious Power: Religious Taoism, Summary & Analysis

Huston Smith
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Religious Taoism institutionalized a system that accommodated fortune telling, soothsaying, shamans, and faith healers. It took shape in the second century A. D. and formalized itself with a religious hierarchy. Although it appears on the surface to be a conglomeration of superstition, it must be remembered that, like the other two forms of Taoism, its purpose is to draw te from the cosmos. It formulated rituals that, if perfectly performed, had magical effects. The Taoist church then devised way of harnessing higher power toward humane ends by assuming the reality of magical intervention.

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