Taiping
(1,345 words)

[German Version]

I. Taoism

Taiping signifies “Great Peace,” “General Prosperity,” and “Universal Harmony.” The Book of Universal Harmony (Taiping Jing) reflects the ideology of the militarily organized Taiping movement (2nd cent. ce) under the leadership of the self-appointed “generals” Zhang Jue (or Zhang Jiao; d. 184) and his two brothers. The deified Lao Tsu (Taishang Laojun) is said to have revealed the original title Taiping qingling shu to a certain Gan (or Yu) Ji in Shandong (Langye). The w…

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Reiter, Florian C., Jansen, Thomas and Wagner, Rudolf G., “Taiping”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025044>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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