Comparing Taoism, Hinduism, and Shinto religions.

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Taoism, Hinduism, and Shinto Religions

Taoism began about 11 th century BCE in China. Lao Tzu which means the Old Boy, the Old Fellow, or the Grand Old Master, originated the Taoism religion. The Tao sacred book is called Tao Te Ching. The place to want to be in the future is the ultimate reality that exceeds the reach of the senses, if revealed, it's sharpness fullness and glory could not be beared by the vision- no words can describe it, and it exceeds thoughts and imagination. Tao Te Ching means path or way. Tao Te Ching is the way of ultimate reality, it is the way of the universe, and it is the way man should order his life.

Taoism is a polytheistic and animistic religion in understanding of the cosmos- Gods of the heavens and earth. In the eyes of the Taoism believer, Shen was in general the beneficial spirits, associated with the sun and spring, and also bright and lighted places of the earth.

Kwei was in general the evil spirits associated with dark and gloomy places. The people would make sacrifices to Shen to gain good terms and to be protected from Kwei. Shen was able to protect them, if it was desired from Shen.

According to Tao followers, people should avoid being aggressive and strident to anyone or anything, reject all forms of self- assertiveness and competition, and have the pure embodiment of suppleness. Simplicity and freedom (where no motion is wasted on outward show) are the ways to follow.

Tao followers believe that you are reincarnated until you have followed and lived the right way and reach the ultimate reality. Also, the symbol that is believed in, is the yin and yang, a Chinese symbol that represents good - evil, active - passive,