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[ China - General ] [ Confucian Classics ] [ Taoist Sources ]
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Taoist Sources

Chad Hansen's Daoist Home Page

Hong Kong U. scholar's on-line publication of his research includes his fresh translation of the Tao te Ching & Chuang Tzu along with drafts of articles on Taoist sages.

Dao de Jing

Charles Muller's translation of the Tao te Ching.

Daoism Depot

Po-han Lin's hub of the wandering Taoist web ring holds the largest e-archive of versions of Taoist scriptures (including streaming audio), illustrations of Taoist calligraphy, & a forum for Taoist discussion.

Daoist Studies

International scholarly portal to Taoist research provides an extensive searchable bibliography & links to on-line syllabi of courses on Taoism (Queens U, Ontario CA).

On Response & Retribution

T. Suzuki & P. Carus' 1906 translation of the Taoist ethical aphorisms of T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien & appended fables.


Richard Hooker surveys Taoist history & contrasts principles with Confucian (page from Anthology of World Civilizations).

Taoism & the Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan

Detailed introductions to Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the development of Taoism, its religious practices, deities, neo-Taoism & its relation to Tai Chi (Christopher Majka).

Taoism Information Page 

Gene Thursby's gateway to excellent annotated links to introductions to Taoism, translations of the Tao te Ching, the works of Chuang-tzu, modern preservation & revival movements, & the relationship of Taoist thought & practice to other aspects of Chinese culture (U of Florida).

Taoist Studies in the World Wide Web

Fabrizio Pregadio's well-organized & richly annotated guide makes it easy to locate on-line resources on Taoism.

Tao te Ching

Rick Harbaugh presents the Taoist classic in Chinese characters (no special font required) with linked English translation & lexical notes to aid readers in deciphering characters. A great tool for anyone learning Chinese (Yale U).

The Texts of Taoism

Vols. 39 & 40 of Sacred Books of the East present James Legge's 1891 translation of the Tao te Ching, Chuang Tzu & other Taoist texts (Internet Sacred Text Archive).

Tract of the Quiet Way

T. Suzuki & P. Carus' 1906 translation of the Yin Chih Wen.


Japan - General

Aino Folk-Tales

B. H. Chamberlain's 1888 collection of the legends, fables & myths of the primitive hunter-gatherers indigenous to Hokkaido (Internet Sacred Text Archive).

Contemporary Papers on Japanese Religion

Index to collections of essays on matsuri, new religions & folk beliefs in Japan published by the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics.

Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics

Research center focused mainly on religion & folklore publishes the electronic newsletter Religion in Modern Asia & other on-line publications (Kakaguin University).

Japan, an Attempt at Interpretation

Complete e-version of  Lafcadio Hearn's 1904 discussion of Shinto's relation to Buddhism & Christianity.

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

Nanzan Institute publishes scholarly articles on topics ranging from folk religion & Tendai Buddhism to religion & contemporary society.  On-line issues from 1974+.


Japanese website devoted to promoting understanding of Japanese culture provides a gateway to select sites relating to Japanese arts, customs, folklore, festivals, & religion.



Basic Terms of Shinto

Award-winning searchable e-glossary published by the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics.

The Kojiki

Excerpts from B. H. Chamberlain's 1882 translation of Shinto myths & legends (posted by Comparative Religion).

The Nihongi

Excerpts from W. G. Ashton's 1896 translation of the 8th c. collection of Shinto legends tracing the descent of Japan's rulers from the gods (Comparative Religion).


Richard Hooker's on-line World Civilizations Reader surveys revival of "nativist" Japanese religion stemming from Tokugawa period (includes Shinto Creation Stories).

Shinto Kokusai Gakkai

International Shinto Foundation posts a brief introduction to Japan's native religion & Carmen Blacker's lecture on Shinto and the Sacred Dimension of Nature.

The Yengishiki

Incantations from Shinto rituals of fire, wind, harvest, travel & purification (Internet Sacred Text Archive).


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