(also called Daoism
) is a philosophical, ethical or religious tradition of Chinese
origin that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao
(also romanized as Dao
). The term Tao
means "way", "path", or "principle", and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao
denotes something that is both the source of, and the force behind, everything that exists. Taoism is practiced as a religion in various Asian communities. Its theology is not theist (even though some communities do worship Laozi as the attributed founder of the religious doctrine), and has more affinities with pantheistic
traditions given its philosophical emphasis on the formlessness of the Tao.