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Lao Tzu

He is probably a legendary figure and is represented as the older contemporary of Confucius, against whom most of his teaching is directed. The Dao De Jing (Tao-Te-Ching, 'The Book of the Way and its Power'), one of the principle works of Taoism, compiled some 300 years after his death, is attributed to him. It teaches self-sufficiency, simplicity and detachment. Taoism venerates the 'feminine' qualities which promote longevity, equanimity and an instinctive unity with nature.

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