Classical Antiquity

Start date

142 AD

End Date



Daoism (Taoism)

Date Notes

Though roots trace back to earlier periods

Main Teachings

Wu wei, naturalness, simplicity

Metaphysical Beliefs

Polytheism, Philosophical

Ethical and Moral Principles

Harmony with Dao

Ritual and Devotional Practices

Tai Chi, Qi Gong

Spiritual Practices

Meditation, Inner alchemy

Foundational Teachings and Scriptures

Dao De Jing, Zhuangzi, Tao Te Ching

Narrative Traditions

Taoist tales and parables

Sub Type


Historical and Cultural Context

Ancient Religions

Historical Development

Primal or Indigenous Religion

Geographical Distribution

Eastern Religions

Organizational Structure

Mystical Movement

Scriptural Authority

Revealed Religion

Sociological Approach

Ethnic Religion

Philosophical or Ideological Focus

Esoteric Religion

Gods or Deities


Beliefs on the Afterlife and End Times

Attainment of immortality or transcendence

Existance of Afterlife


Existance of Reincarnation


Religious Structures

Temples, Daoist Monasteries

Religious Leader Types or Roles

Daoist priests, Masters