Daoist Folk Customs

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Daoism has enormous appeal among the people in China. As one of the "Three Teachings" of ancient China, it has had a deep influence on the mental life, customs and habits of the Chinese people. The common people have always venerated Daoist spirits. However, they do not have a thorough understanding of Daoism. Ordinary people always engage in the worship of Daoist spirits according to their own comprehension, with their own attitudes and with their own way of expressing emotions. As a result, Daoist folk worship stems from the belief in Daoist Immortals, is founded upon all kinds of Daoist temples, and has the characteristics of folk customs. It is a combination of belief in Immortals and folk customs, in which rich forms have naturally developed to manifest the various life interests and inner demands of the people.

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