Caodaism: A Religion of Unity

Cao Dai Temple

We arrived a little before noon. Worshippers of Caodaism in traditional white áo dài were slowly surrounding the area in preparation for the mass, as two statues of the religion’s founders watched them leave their shoes outside the temple doors. Dragons embracing massive pillars, cloud paintings and silver stars, golden thrones of the gods; all these in an elongated mosque-like cathedral – it’s a religion unique to the Vietnamese. Noon strikes; the mass begins. Yellow, Blue and Red – Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. A flood of white watched over by the Divine Eye. It’s a religion that decided all the cultures’ gods mean good. It’s a religion that decided unity despite its nine ranks.

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Photostream: Cao Dai Temple

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