Cultural Borrowing and Religious Identity: A Case Study of the Taoist Religious Codes

June 1986
Hanxue Yanjiu (Chinese Studies);1986, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p281
Academic Journal
The article discusses the religious codes or moral precepts developed by Taoism in China between the fifth and ninth centuries. In particular, the five main precepts identified in the Taoist religious text "Tao-tsang" are discussed: namely, prohibitions on killing, stealing, adultery, lying, and drinking. Claims that these codes originated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu are examined, as is their similarity with certain precepts in Buddhism, from which they may have been borrowed, and the implications of this for Taoist religious identity.


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