Cao Dai Great Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

6/5/11

Worshippers dressed in white pray in neat rows in the Great Temple. Men sit on the right, women sit on the left.
The Cao Dai Holy Temple.
Priests or bishops wear colored robes to show which religion they are more closely associated with. Red is for Confucianism, Blue for Taoism, and yellow for Buddhism. Those with an eye on their headpiece are bishops. (source)
The Divine Eye.
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Cao Dai is a religion that blends beliefs and practices from Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism into one harmonious faith. The religion was founded in 1926 in Tay Ninh and preaches universal principles of love and justice for all living things.

According to the Cao Dai website, "The noble effort of Cao Dai is to unite all of humanity through a common vision of the Supreme Being, whatever our minor differences, in order to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Cao Dai does not seek to create a gray world, where all religions are exactly the same, only to create a more tolerant world, where all can see each other as sisters and brothers from a common divine source reaching out to a common divine destiny realizing peace within and without."

While in Vietnam, we had the opportunity to observe a Cao Dai service at the Grand Temple. Four times a day, worshippers dressed in flowing garments gracefully line up in tidy rows at the Great Temple to pray and chant. The ceremony is visually stunning, with a sea of worshippers bowing in unison to the music coming from the choir and orchestra on the second floor.

3 comments:

  1. wow these are beautiful- you definitely captured the atmosphere. any video on the chanting? awesome photography fren!

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  2. peace and understanding. what a concept. if only...

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