Lao Tzu (Laozi) is a major figure in Chinese philosophy and considered to the author the author of the Tao Te Ching.
His authorship of the Tao Te Ching has led him to be considered traditionally as the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as “Daoism”).
Lao Tzu is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”.
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