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Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road

dào
michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Scroll

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism". If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path".

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


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Deities / Gods

shén míng
jin myou
Deities / Gods Scroll

In Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, this title refers to deities or gods (can be the singular or plural form).

Depending on the context, this could also mean "divine".

Specifically, in Japanese, this can refer to Amaterasu (as an enshrined deity).

In some Buddhist context, this also means deity but can also refer to "intelligence" (as in all-knowing).

Soldier of the Gods

shén bīng
shin pei
Soldier of the Gods Scroll

神兵 is a Japanese, Chinese, and Korean title that means "soldier dispatched by a god", or "soldier under the protection of the gods".

神兵 is used more in Japanese (especially in animation) than the other languages.

Daoism / Taoism

dào jiào
doukyou
Daoism / Taoism Scroll

道教 is the title often used in both Chinese and Japanese to describe the beliefs or religion of Taoism / Daoism.

The first character is simply "dao" and the second character can be translated as "teachings", "faith" or "doctrine".




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Daoism
Taoism
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
Deities
Gods
神明jin myou / jinmyou / jin myoshén míng
shen2 ming2
shen ming
shenming
Soldier of the Gods神兵shin pei / shinpeishén bīng
shen2 bing1
shen bing
shenbing
shen ping
shenping
Daoism
Taoism
道教doukyou / dokyodào jiào / dao4 jiao4 / dao jiao / daojiaotao chiao / taochiao


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