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CAO DAI TEMPLE
Long Xuyen

"Fortunately, I had the opportunity to populate the Cao Dao temple during the time they were praying, which sometimes happens in the morning, noon, and night. So many Cao Dai people together in their white long robes. It is a huge temple. I would like to go back and discover more."


The Cao Dai Temple

          In Long Xuyen - is the de Cao Dai temple situated. The Cao Dai religion was founded in Vietnam in the 1920s by Ngo Van Chieu, an official from Phu Quoc. Between 1919 and 1925 he saw a number of appearances in a number of appearances, which manifested themselves in a number of different guises. Jesus, Mohammed and Confucius are just some of those shapes. Apparently they passed on a symbol - the all-seeing eye. The all-seeing eye is the symbol of Caodaism and is placed on all windows of the temple.
But they add a lot of other elements to it. So they have some very special saints. Victor Hugo, Jeanne d'Arc, Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill, among others, are glorified by Cao Dai. What's more: Victor Hugo is said to have dictated a new work medium.
Like many Christian churches, the three-part facade suggests the interior - here a wide nave with side aisles.
The three primary colors are reflected on the exterior and interior. The yellow is for Buddhism, the blue for Taoism and the red for Confucianism.  

This Cao Dai temple was built in Long Xuyen between 1933 and 1955.
The Cao Dai have about 2 million followers. They are mainly from southern and central Vietnam. In addition, there are also several thousand followers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. It is the oldest (and also the largest) of the two major indigenous religions of Vietnam.
Ngo Van Chieu was a Taoist, whose vision led him to bring together parts from different Eastern and Western doctrines. (Cao Dai is translated as high tower or palace, a metaphor for spiritual growth.) This religion honors a number of prophets such as Lao-tzu, Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus.

 

Some of her rituals are derived from Buddhism, as is the idea of escaping cycles of rebirth. The use of mediums to communicate with the other world stems from Taoism. The priesthood is modeled on Catholicism. The structure and plan of the churches resemble Christian basilicas.
After 1975, the practice of this religion was suppressed by the government. However, it was legalized again in 1985. The religion has over two million followers and is headquartered in Tay Ninh province, near the Cambodian border.


The all-seeing eye

The appeal that has made the Cao Dai faith in South Vietnam so successful can be traced to several factors:

  • proud of the fact that this is an indigenous religious belief;

  • the appeal of pageantry, pageantries and ceremonies of the temple rituals;

  • the content of Cao Daism, which features and elements of the different religions.

Every day at noon, members of the sect hold a ceremony, with processions of followers singing in colorful attire, visitors are encouraged to attend. Like Buddhist worshipers, they must take off our shoes before heading to the upstairs balcony to watch the service. The place is painted in a sea of bright colors and reflects a very happy atmosphere. Built over nine levels, the temple represents nine steps to heaven, and each level is marked by a few columns of dragons surrounding it. At the top is a dome that represents the sky and below it the 'all-seeing eye', which is also depicted on the walls and windows.

 

Devotees were dressed in white robes, while the colored robes worn by senior devotees indicate arrangement and function, and the different branches of Cao Daism. Robes come in a mix of yellow (Buddhism), red (Confucianism) and blue (Taoism), but everyone wears white pants.


In front of the temple

 



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