Taoism For Dummies

Taoism For Dummies

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by Jonathan Herman
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118423981
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
283,587
File size:
2 MB

Meet the 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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Taoism For Dummies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with great information about Taoism. Corrects lots of misconceptions without making the reader feel stupid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always found books on Taoism either overly academic and condescending, or kind of touchy-feely. This Dummies book finally introduces Taoism the right way, not sacrificing the complexity of the subject, but never losing sight that the audience probably doesn't consist of experts. I think I learned something on every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, accessible, entertaining intro to Taoism. A really enjoyable read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry Its 5 stars from December 12