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Daoism is an indigenous religion in China, originated in the 2nd century AD and having a history of over 1800 years. Daoism inherits the worship of heaven and ancestors in ancient China, thus a blend of multiple religious beliefs. Many schools of Daoism were formed throughout history, from which two important sects, the Zhengyi Sect and Quanzhen Daoism finally developed. Daoism is still popular in the Han Minority. The number of Daoism followers is hard to tell, for it has no strict admittance rites and rules.
The core of Daoism is, of course, Dao (the Way), which is beyond description. It is said that Dao is the origin of the universe, the basis of all existing things, and the law governing their development. Virtue (De) is the manifestation of “Dao” among human beings and all existing things. Therefore all respect Dao yet value Virtue. Qi is Dao dispersed, and spirit is Dao gathered. Deities and immortals are the embodiment of Dao and model attaining Dao, aiming for Great Love. Therefore, Daoists believe in Dao as well as in deities and immortals.

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