Laozi

Laozi by [[Zhang Lu (painter)|Zhang Lu]]; [[Ming dynasty]] (1368–1644) |l="Old Master" |p=Lǎozǐ |w=Lao³ Tzŭ³ |mi= |gr=Laotzyy |bpmf=ㄌㄠˇ   ㄗˇ |myr=Lǎudž |showflag=p |suz=Lâ-tsỳ |j=Lou5zi2 |y=Lóuhjí |ci= |poj=Ló-chú |tl=Ló-tsú |oc-bs=* |vie=Lão Tử |hn=老子 |hangul=노자 |hanja= |rr=Noja |kanji=老子 |hiragana=ろうし |romaji=Rōshi }}

Laozi (; ; ; literally "Old Master"), also rendered as Lao Tzu ( or ) and Lao-Tze (), was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the ''Tao Te Ching'', the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

A semi-legendary figure, Laozi was usually portrayed as a 6th-century BC contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BC. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi's work has been embraced by both various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism.
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