Religion of invention and stillness – Taoism

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  • Loïc de Bellabre

    Thank you for that good overview on Taoism. I’m interested with that Lao tzu statue on his buffalo. Where does it come from? What’s its story? All the statues of Lao tzu on a bull that I’ve seen, he was riding normal, not reverse. And do you know if there are some purchasable copies? Thanks.

    • The Mad Shogun

      I’ve put the picture to illustrate thee point of Lao Tzu being a humble man via modern sculpture. I am aware that he is not usually depicted in that position, but on this site you can probably find the answer and buy copies:

      http://fyvision.company.weiku.com/item/Lao-Tzu-bronze-statue-14196153.html

      You can probably find something on Ebay or Amazon, but as far as I can gather this statue is a real sculpture. Historically, I am not sure, but the decorum and style match.

      • Loïc de Bellabre

        Thank you for your kind answer. I sent them a request, let’s see If they’ll answer and what. The Tao te Ching is one of those books that has been a companion to me from my teen age in the seventies until now. I’ve been also a Ch’an practitioner awhile. But I walk on the red road, Canku Luta of the Lakota. I found it fascinating that Lao Tzu is riding reverse, like a Heyoka, a sacred contrary.

        • The Mad Shogun

          I wrote on this topic out of sheer interest in the historical Taoism and his influence on the society, paying more attention to the actual effects than the persons itself. I am grateful for the comment and your visit to our blog and I sincerely hope that you will find the answers about the statue that satisfy you. Matter’s of the Far East are my specialty, so if you have something in mind for a new topic here, you’re absolutely welcome to share.
          Thanks!

          • Loïc de Bellabre

            Thank you very much for your offer. I’m actually writing a thesis on the Lakota sun dance but in my language (French) and although I have a keen interest in Buddhism and Taoism, I have no time to write something about it for a while. But I will let you know if I find something interesting about that statue.

          • The Mad Shogun

            I’m sorry for responding a tad late, job keeps me busy – I appreciate your honest reply and your visit to our site. Since we are a relatively “young” blog, we are still trying to expand the audience by writing on interesting topics. I am currently searching for interesting themes to write about, being the Middle Ages my specialty.