By: K. Gillen
The Beginning of Daoism
Daoism was created in 600 BC by Laozi, who was the old master. Daoism was one of the Big Chief beliefs. The believers prayed/worshipped in private, so scientists can't find out what they worshipped and how many people worship Daoism. Daoism originally was a philosophy, it included worship of dead nature gods and the search for immortality. Huangdi-Yellow Emperor- made many elements of Daoism. The next development came directly from the gods. They sent teachings directly to a holy man, Zhang Daoling. He was the first Great Celestial Master, his religious movement was called "Way of Celestial Masters" or "Way of the Five Pecks of Rice."
Daoism Gains Power
After the Celestial Masters, Daoism began to grow in power and believers. In 215 AD, Daoism became a official religion. Over time, they practiced more and more. They soon began to practice alchemy, ancient science,and substance change. They made lead, gold and other substances. In the 5th century, The Way of the Celestial Masters made the practices more in line with the Buddhists.
Daoists liked to worship in private. They liked to worship in peace and quiet. This makes it hard for scientists to find out what they worshipped in particular and how many people followed the religion Daoism.
Buildings and Temples
Taoist architecture includes temples, palaces, nunneries, altars and huts where religious activities are performed. Most Daoism temples are wooden-framed and have garden structures.The temples have man-made pavilillions, terraces, towers, and walkways. Other temples are mainly based on natural scenery. The quiet and peaceful mountains make an environment where they can worship in peace.
Huangdi, also known as the Yellow Emperor, (may) have been the first Daoist. Huangdi was the creator of many cults and they were most prominent in the Warring States. He was first a deity but then turned into a human figure. He was born in Shou Qiu, which means Longevity Hill. He is believed to be a mythological creature, but he was still a big part in Daoism history.
Buildings and Temples
A Person's Lifestyle
Becomes a State Religion
After Daoism changed to be more in line with the Buddhists, it helped them greatly to become a state religion. Even though they were only a state religion for a little while, it still impacted them greatly in power and number of people. When the Tang Dynasty was formed, this was a big moment in Daoism history. The founder of the Tang Dynasty claimed to be Laozi’s descendent (the creator of Daoism). He used the Daoism sacred text to rule for civil service.
Daoism is over 2,500 years old and is still worshipped today. Dao is the “way” that Daoists believe the world was created. In the early 12th century, The Celestial Masters changed their name to The Way of the Orthodox Unity.