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The Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai is an attempt to create a perfect synthesis of world religions. It is a combination of Christianity, Buddhism , Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, Geniism, and Taoism . Established in the Southern regions of Vietnam in the early 1920's, the religion was officially codified in 1926. The functioning center of Cao Daism is located in the Tay Ninh province. Cao Dai literally means high tower or palace, a metaphor for the spender of spiritual growth. The central philosophy of Cao Daism pertains to the duty that the faithful perform for themselves, their family, society and the world at large. Much like Confucianism, this element of the Philosophy pertains to how the individual functions within the context of the community.

The brief description above is from the Pacific Universtiy Web Site.

Cao Dai Temple
The exterior of the Cao Dai Temple.
Inside the Temple
We enter through the closest tower, in the picture above. This is during one of the 4 prayer services that is held daily.
Music
We are at the top of the stairs from where the above picture was taken. There are six men playing string instruments. There are perhaps a dozen young ladies singing. The building is cavernous and the music flows gently through it.
Balcony
We are allowed to walk along the balcony to view the service. I am told the building is painted annualy. The colors are beautiful and so bright.
Priests
We reach a point we can not pass. We are told we cannot be in front of the first priest. He does not wish to be distracted by seeing people.
Gardens
The Temple grounds are extensive and there are many beautiful gardess.
Gardeners House
This building and the area around it are filled with potted plants.
Buildings on the grounds
These three small buildings are just behind the main Temple.
Other Buildings
Another of the many buildings on the extensive grounds of the Temple.
Other Buildings
We were on the bus and on our way out when I took these pictures. Next time I will have to spend more time here to learn more of the activities of the faithful and of the grounds.

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