The Taoism religion of China is thought to be practised by around 4 hundred million Chinese.
Although Taoism was suppressed during the Cultural Revolution under Mao, there has been a gradual revival
in more recent times.
The Taoism pictures in this slide-show give a glimpse into a typical temple. Note that there are male and
female priests in Taoism. In 2009, a woman was enthroned as the principal abbott at Changchun Temple in Wuhan,
capital of Hubei province. Known in Mandarin as a fangzhang, this is the highest position anyone, male or female,
can hold in a Taoist temple.
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