Photographer's Note

A priest in the Cao Dai Great Temple. In the Cao Dai religion worshippers are separated by gender - men on the right and women on the left, and they wear different colors and costumes depending on gender, religious associations, and rank. Lay followers and women wear pure white. Men with the rank of priest and higher are robed in solid colors depending on their spiritual allegiance within Caodaism. Yellow symbolizes Buddhism and virtue. Blue symbolizes Taoism and pacifism, and red symbolizes Confucianism and authority. Bishops and cardinals also have an eye (the symbol of the Cao Dai) emblazoned on their headpieces.

This temple was one of the most colorful and unique places I have visited, and we were lucky enough to get there to attend a worship. By the way, there are quite a few other shots on TE that give a wider view of the temple and have some good notes giving more background on the religion.

PS: Thanks to Maciek, whose shots of this place peaked my interest in visiting it.

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