While the origins of Taoism are shrouded in the mystery of antiquity. Taoism is perhaps China's earliest organized religion that included its own special priests, rituals, and scriptures. Many scholars have asked: What is Taoism? And a wide variety of answers have been suggested. The term Taoism refers to, not one, but a tapestry of innumerable strands of folk religion, political philosophy, martial arts, meditative and medical technology, and includes almost anything and everything under the umbrella of traditional Chinese culture. Book jacket.Allen, William is the author of 'Taoism', published 2005 under ISBN 9780791080993 and ISBN 0791080994.