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Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

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Located 95 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in Tay Ninh, the Cao Dai Holy See Temple is the holiest centre of worship for the Cao Dai religion.

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You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Caodaism. The religion is relatively young. According to the pamphlet we received, in 1921 Ngo Van Chieu, a district head of the French administration in Cochinchina, became the first disciple when he received revelations from Duc Cao Dai and a vision of the Divine Eye. The Divine Eye has become the symbol for Duc Cao Dai and represents the spiritual heart, the rays emanating from the left eye are the light of the universe. This symbol is at the altar of any Cao Dai temple.

Far friendlier-looking than The Eye of Sauron. Photo taken in or around Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Far friendlier-looking than The Eye of Sauron. Photo: Cindy Fan

It is estimated there are now 5 million followers worldwide and Caodaism is Vietnam’s third largest religion, though it is dwarfed by Buddhism and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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