Talk:Taoism in Korea

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The article downplays the influence of Taoism far too much -- true, as a form of organized/state /personal religion ( as practiced in Vietnam ) it's invisible and utterly non existent in Korea -- but, as an undercurrent in Korean thought and world view, Taosim is very central , ever present and very much a part of the psyche. True, it's far less noticebale than the more inflexible, conservative Confucianism that features in their society -- but Taoism is still a very central part of the Korean holistic-shamanistic vision of the world.

Anyone care to rewrite? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rutherfordlad (talkcontribs) 01:08, 12 October 2010 (UTC)


Agreed the article does downplay both historical and current significance. I'd also like to point out some other information

We do know, no matter how far back one goes you will see references to it[Taoist philosophy] and probably the origins really stem from post ice age tribes of the Chinese/Korean area (today's border) where these tribes lived & dwelt; and the actual teachings migrated in both directions at the same time. But for practical purposes Lao Tze's philosophy as used, is the Chinese beginning. I'm sure there are many phases where variants of the philosophy which migrated back and forth between the two geographical locations, now known as China & Korea. The era of traditional import however, would most likely be Silla, Goguryeo, & Baekje ([Kingdoms Korea]) with 12th & 13th Century Tang & Song China and The Joseon/Choseon Era with Qing/Ching China.
Ancient Korea claims that Taoism originated in Korea & migrated to China before Lao Tze. Like so many other Cultural artifacts China, Korea & Japan are always claiming to be 1st

Several references are made in The New History Of Korean Civilization by Chai-Shin Yu ISBN 1462055591

"The spiritual origin of Tao Fellowship is Sun Tao"The spiritual origin of Tao Fellowship is Sun Tao, which is Korea’s original tradition of Taoism, the tradition of Taoism that represents a 10,000 year year old Korean Taoist tradition..Shieldwolf (talk) 08:12, 10 June 2012 (UTC)