Zla'od wrote:I see it as folk religion because there doesn't seem to be any official organization espousing any official doctrine.
No doctrine, perhaps, but that may represent a Christian emphasis. There is certainly organization in terms of temple committees, and at least one "national" (island-wide) body, though the religion is very decentralized (like the Baptists!).The beliefs and practices seem to vary widely from community to community, temple to temple and person to person.
Again like the Baptists! But Zhinangong, for example, identifies itself as Quanzhen Daojiao, and its priests do rituals on that basis. There is even a little seminary that gives classes in the weekends. (Some Laozi / Zhuangzi and a lot of fortune-telling type stuff.)
The Daoist canon has over 1400 volumes, it would be as if Christianity (to take an example) included in their bible everything from Genesis to the works of Medieval mystics, occultists, the Mormon scriptures, sprinkled with cook books and medical treatises plus some astrology and geology.
Its very hard for Westerners to wrap their heads around