Culture Express: Taoism in China2016-10-20 09:56:51Share:
Taoism originated in the Warring Period and came into being in Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
It has more than 1,800 years’ history. About 300 Taoist Temples are now located around China, in which about 30 thousand Taoists lived.
Around 5 Taoist schools exist in the country and two main sections are included in Taoism. In the 1,800 years, Taoism influenced the local culture deeply, especially on traditional medicine and literature.
Based on some theories of alchemists such as Wei Boyang in Eastern Han Dynasty, different kinds of medicine prescriptions were created by Sun Simiao and many other doctors.
In literature, many fictional characters are closely related with Taoism, such as the Jade Emperor. Apart from Mainland China, many Taoists live in Hong Kong, Macau and some foreign countries.
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