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List of Celestial Masters

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List of Celestial Masters

Zhang Daoling, the first Celestial Master.
This is a list of the Celestial Masters, leaders of Zhengyi Dao, continuing Wudoumi Dao.[1] After the death of the 64th Celestial Master Zhang Yuanxian in 2008, controversy arose over the legitimate succession, with different descendants claiming to be the rightwise 65th Celestial Master, including Zhang Jintao and three other claimants in China mainland; and Zhang Yijiang and Zhang Meiliang in Taiwan. Another Taiwanese master, Zhang Daochen, claims to be the legitimate 64th Celestial Master, as, according to him, Zhang Yuanxian wasn't.[2]


  1. ^ Kleeman, Terry. "Tianshi Dao," in Encyclopedia of Taoism, Fabrizio Pregadio, ed., (London: Routledge, 2008), 983.
  2. ^ The China Post: Who’s going to be the 65th Taoist pope?
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