The 85 Lao Zi bamboo slips from around 300 B. C. E. are the earliest texts of what later became known as the `Tao Te King'. They contain also the until now unknown Taoist narrative of Creation `Great One gave Birth to Water'. These texts are very original and not yet intermingled with Confucian philosophy, governance, or ethics.
These, in 1993 discovered Bamboo Slips were translated by Professor Hou Cai initially into German. This English translation presents the Tao Bamboo Slips in modern simplified Chinese characters, with commentaries and a comparison of the modern Chinese version to the old characters. This bilingual Chinese-English publication is a contribution to the crosscultural visions and values of the New SiIk Road of the 21st century.
Hou Cai is Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the Central Party School in Beijing.
Irene M. Miller is a cellist and medical expert.
Hans-Martin Sass is Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Honorary Professor at Remnin University and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing.