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VIETNAM 2013 #156

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
A view on the The Holy See of Cao Dai through one opening.
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The Holy See of Cao Dai" is the equivalent of the Vatican in Christianity. The various buildings occupy an area of 100 hectares in the outskirts of Tra Vinh. The whole complex is surrounded by a low wall with 12 gates.

“In Vietnam, Cao Dai adherents go to temple each month at the full moon and the new moon. And they abstain from eating meat around those times. .....most go to temple on Sunday, when they tend to be free of the professional obligations of work.

“Founder Chieu said he saw the left eye of God (the symbol of the faith) in a vision. He also said he received inspired messages during seances that used a traditional Chinese divining basket. An official in the French colonial government, Chieu became Cao Dai's First Disciple.

"Cao Dai means 'Supreme Being,' but there's also a pantheon," Hoskins said. The pantheon has five levels. At the top is Buddha and others who have achieved Buddha-hood. Next are the Great Immortals, including Confucius, the Chinese poet Li Po and the Mother Goddess.

On the third tier are the Saints, including writers Shakespeare and Victor Hugo, Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Asian nationalist Sun Yat-sen, and Vietnamese poet and prophet Trang Trinh. Venerated spirits or ancestors, including all those who give their life for their country, occupy the fourth level. Humanity makes up the fifth.” http://www.thienlybuutoa.org/English/CaoDaiFusesGreatFaiths.htm

The author Graham Greene’s described the Cao Dai Temple as: “Christ and Buddha looking down from the roof of a cathedral on a Walt Disney Fantasia of the East, dragons and snakes in Technicolor.”

Tags: Temple Vietnam South west Landscape and travel THI XA TAY NINH CAO DAI RELIGION TAY NINH TAY NINH PROVINCE TOA THANH

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 3:35PM
An interesting and informative pre narrative supported by an equally interesting set of image. I particularly like image number five...

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10 10 10 England
16 Nov 2013 5:29PM
The information and the excellent images combine so well. I think V2 is most impressive.
Joan.
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 6:58PM
Even more far eastern delights

Adrian
jdinne 16 16 England
16 Nov 2013 7:18PM
an amazing interesting set Jean-Noel impressive.

John
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
16 Nov 2013 10:06PM
Wonderful series Jean- Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Rende 12 38 4 Netherlands
17 Nov 2013 1:40PM
Fascinating set with V3 my favourite.
Rende
17 Nov 2013 8:05PM
A wonderful series J.N so interesting..Lin
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2013 6:39PM
Beautiful photographs and such interesting information about a religion I did not even know existed.

Phil.

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