Zhang Daoling

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Zhang Ling (simplified Chinese: 张陵; traditional Chinese: 張陵; pinyin: Zhāng Líng; Wade–Giles: Chang Ling; traditionally 34–156), courtesy name Fuhan (simplified Chinese: 辅汉; traditional Chinese: 輔漢), was a Chinese religious leader who lived during the Eastern Han Dynasty credited with founding the Way of the Celestial Masters sect of Taoism, which is also known as the Way of the Five Pecks of Rice and he was the founder of Taoism.He is also known as Zhang Daoling (张道陵; 張道陵; Zhāng Dàolíng; Chang Tao-ling), Celestial Master Zhang (張天師, Zhāng tiānshī), Ancestral Celestial Master (祖天師, Zǔtiānshī) or Zhengyi Zhenren (正一真人) to Taoists. Zhang is sometimes pictured riding on a tiger. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhang Daoling has received more than 137,813 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Zhang Daoling is the 564th most popular philosopher (down from 490th in 2019), the 422nd most popular biography from China (down from 363rd in 2019) and the 26th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Zhang Daoling ranks 564 out of 1,089Before him are Tom Regan, Georges Politzer, Gaius Marius Victorinus, Peter Deunov, Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, and Werner Jaeger. After him are Georges Canguilhem, David Hartley, Zou Yan, Gaius Musonius Rufus, Guarino da Verona, and Jyotirao Phule.

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Among people born in 34, Zhang Daoling ranks 2Before him is Persius.  Among people deceased in 156, Zhang Daoling ranks 1

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Among people born in China, Zhang Daoling ranks 422 out of 1,186Before him are Lei Feng (1940), Emperor Yizong of Tang (833), Guo Moruo (1892), Tang Yin (1470), Xu Da (1332), and Emperor Houshao of Han (null). After him are Du Mu (803), Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme (1910), Tonyukuk (646), Shih Kien (1913), Yuen Woo-ping (1945), and Sima Xiangru (-179).


Among philosophers born in China, Zhang Daoling ranks 26Before him are Su Song (1020), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Ge Hong (284), Huiyuan (334), Hu Shih (1891), and Marpa Lotsawa (1012). After him are Zhou Dunyi (1017), Zhiyi (538), Yang Xiong (-53), Wang Bi (226), Shen Buhai (-385), and Cheng Yi (1033).