How and where do Taoists worship?

Taoists worship several deities and spirits by performing various rituals and ceremonies that include bringing offerings for the Taoist deities, meditation, divination, and other practices. The main places of worship in Taoism are the Taoist temples.

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Taoism is a philosophy and religion that originated from the writings of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu around 500 BC. His Tao Te Ching encourages practitioners of Taoism to live in balance and harmony with the universe, called the Tao. The Tao is not a god, and Taoists don't worship it, but they do recognize its energy, which they call ch'i or qi, and they try to align themselves with it. Taoists seek especially to balance yin and yang, pairs of forces like light and dark.

Taoist do recognize a wide range of gods and goddesses, including Lao Tzu, but they do not believe that they are eternal or all powerful. They are simply manifestations of the universe's energy, according to Taoist beliefs. These deities include the San-chi'ing, or “Three Pure Ones,” that stand at the height of the Taoist pantheon. They are Yuan-shih-t'ien-tsun (Original Beginning Heavenly Worthy), Ling-pao t'ien-tsun (Numinous Jewel Heavenly Worthy), and Tao-te t'ien-tsun (Tao and Its Power Heavenly Worthy). Other popular gods include the Pa-hsien, Eight Immortals, who are manifestations of historical figures and the San-yuan, Three Epochs, who rule over the year.

Taoists worship in temples, and people pray in an orderly fashion with a thought to honoring the gods in the right way and to accessing good energy. While Taoism has no official center, Beijing's White Cloud Temple is the primary location for training priests. Taoism also uses monasteries where monks pray and meditate.

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While it is common for Westerners to think of Taoism as more of a philosophy than a religion, the truth is that Taoism does have a set of specific religious beliefs and practices associated with it. Divine beings exist in Taoism, though they are believed not to have existed before creation, an event prompted by the Tao. The Tao is itself not a god, but more of a force that binds everything in the universe together. Throughout China, there are a plethora of rituals associated with Taoism and even the deities worshipped can vary from region to region. Some Taoists even combine Buddhist and folk practices with their own, showing how fluid the religion can be.

Taoist rituals usually involve the whole community and take up several hours of time to complete properly. They include hymns, music, the burning of incense, prayers, recitation of sacred texts, offerings to the divine beings, divination, and purification methods. Major Taoist festivals can last up to seven days or longer. A priest usually serves as the head of the ritual.

Taoists tend to worship at temples, though a Taoist might also have a special shrine inside their home to which they can make offerings to gods or their ancestors.

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Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is both a religion and a philosophy which originates from China and is worshiped by approximately 12 million people around the world. Taoists don't believe in one single God or deity, but rather in several divine beings and spirits that coexist in harmony with "the Tao," or "the way; Tao is a universal force that flows through everyone and everything. Taoists believe in the balance or the unity of the opposing forces known as Yin and Yang that work together in harmony. Taoists also believe in the concept of immortality and connection to nature, and physical death is just the final way of becoming one with nature and the universe.

Taoists have many places of worship; for example, some have shrines built in their homes where they honor and worship different spirits and deities as well as their ancestors. Taoist temples, however, are the main places of worship, where the Tao is honored and observed. In these temples, Taoists perform rituals and religious ceremonies which often involve music and dancing, reciting prayers, meditation on various talismans, divination, bringing various offerings to the Taoist spirits to summon them for blessings (the chiao or jiao ritual), as well as Tai Chi (a combination of martial arts and "meditation in motion" to maximize the energy flow or the flow of qi) and Feng Shui (the traditional practice of harmonizing the individual with their environment).

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Taoism or Daoism is a religion that originated in China in approximately the fourth century BC. It is polytheistic with many deities and ritual practices. There are several different forms of ritual and worship in China, and many western offshoots of Taoism have created innovative synergies with local religions.

In China, the two main centers of worship for followers of Taoism are monasteries, which are inhabited by people who have devoted their lives to a strict schedule of worship and ritual observance, and temples, which are the center of rituals open to the laity.

There are also many practices which might be characterized as "folk religion." These may include festivals and parades held outside the temples and other community events, meditation, divination, and personal prayers. 

Many followers of Taoism have shrines to their ancestors in their homes and make offerings of incense and food to the spirits of their ancestors. Divination may also be practiced in the home.

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Taoism, or Daoism, is an ancient Chinese Religion. The religion is focused upon The Tao (or The Way). Taoists believe that everything is interconnected in life.

Taoists regard both the things which are similar and opposites as being important (like the idea of Yin and Yang). They do not worships a single god; instead, they worship many different gods (or deities). Worship takes place in Taoist temples which are believed to be intertwined with everything else in The Way.

Taoists' practices include feng shui (orientation of things in order to bring in the positive), meditation (which allows one to clear their mind and think of higher thoughts), reading/chanting of scripture (like the Taode jing and Zhuangzi), and the telling of fortunes ("San-mei -gaku is a personality psychology profile system that is based on our birth date , using Yin and Yan, 5 elements method, and the human body").

Taoist temples can be found in many different places (most commonly in China).

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