“The Secret Tao: Uncovering the Hidden History and Meaning of Lao Tzu” by D.W. Kreger

"The Secret Tao: Uncovering the Hidden History and Meaning of Lao Tzu" by D.W. Kreger

"A refreshing alternative to many books on Taoism, this book uses an archaeological and historical approach to uncover the origins of Taoist philosophy. Dr. Kreger poses the question: Did the concept of Taoism predate the writings of Lao Tzu, who lived 2500 years ago? And, if so, then how old is it? Dr. Kreger then skillfully points out connections between key concepts of Lao Tzu and that of Neolithic shamanism and early goddess worship. Using this approach, he uncovers mystical elements of the Tao, which have previously eluded scholars and seekers for ages.

The author has spent over 10 years researching the history and archaeology of ancient Taoism in order to write this book. Now the world can share the startling discoveries made in his exploration of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. The book also contains a revised translation of the Tao Te Ching, in an informative and innovative new format. This translation presents all 81 verses in the original Chinese, in a literal English transliteration, and in a figurative English translation, all side by side for easy comparison. The verses are also complemented by stark and haunting black and white photographs of nature, making this book as beautiful as it is meaningful. Finally, the Secret Tao is revealed."