551 - 479 - The first Lao Tzu was a man named Li Erh or Li Tan, who came from the village of Ch'üjen in the southern Chinese state of Ch'u. Li Erh served as historian in charge of the official records in the Chinese imperial capital of Loyang. He was a peer of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius, and he is reported to have given an interview to Confucius when he came to Loyang seeking information on the Chou ritual.
- He was the Founder of Taoism.
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