9781118423967

Taoism For Dummies

Paperback / softback by Jonathan Herman

The definitive guide to understanding Taoism—no matter your background or faith

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is the second most translated book in the world, and the practice of religious Taoism is on the rise in China, where adherents currently number in the hundreds of millions. Yet there remains a remarkable lack of reliable information about Taoism for curious westerners. Taoism For Dummies provides comprehensive coverage of Taoism's origins in China's Chou Dynasty, its underlying quietist principles, its emergence as a major religion, various interpretation of its core texts, including both Eastern and Western interpretations, key Taoist concepts, and much more. It also provides a fascinating glimpse of Taoism in contemporary China.

  • The ideal guide for readers interested in this influential religion, as well as those taking an introductory course on Taoism or Chinese Religion
  • A valuable source of insight for those with an interest in modern Chinese culture and beliefs
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Format: Paperback / softback, 384 pages Language: English
Dimension: 185 x 20 x 234mm ISBN10: 1118423968
Weight: 522g ISBN13: 9781118423967
Publication Date: 12 Jun 2013 Publisher: Wiley

ABOUT AUTHOR

Jonathan Herman, PhD, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he teaches courses in Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, world religions, comparative mysticism, and critical theory in the study of religion. He has written extensively on various aspects of Taoism, Chinese religion, and modern religious issues.

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