Religious Daoism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
religious and spiritual dimensions of Daoism
In China, the boundaries among Daoism, Buddhism, and the commonreligion are much less marked compared to those among monotheisticreligions. According to individual needs and circumstances, laypersons may perform cults and address prayers and petitionsindifferently to Daoist, Buddhist, or popular deities.
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This has placed Daoism in close touch with the common religion, buthas also been the reason for a controversial relation. Daoism attemptsto undertake the dual task—by no means alwayssuccessful—of drawing people closer to the deities thatrepresent the Dao, while at the same time responding to theirimmediate religious demands. As a consequence, in the words of PeterNickerson (2008: 148),