The Cao Dai Great Temple is located in Long Hoa in Tay Ninh province, about 26 kilometers from the Cambodian border. Cao Dai temples are gleefully colorful, and the ceremonies have costumes and music to match.
At the time of these photos, the Great temple was under renovation.
|Bleechers for outdoor audiences
The women sit in one set, and the men sit opposite.
The four colors symbolize branches of Cao Dai: Buddhist is yellow, Taoist is blue, Confucian is red. Everyone else is represented by white, which combines all colors.
The rider looks exhausted, even though the horse is doing all the work.
Reminded me of Krusty the Clown
|The Main Temple
In the middle is the all-seeing eye, and the globe dome with stars represents revelation.
|Inside the temple.
There are nine steps representing the cycle of reincarnation and achievement.
The gallery above is for visitors
|More of the interior
Under major renovation, the place smells from fresh paint.
|During the service
Note that even the fans in the gallery are multi-colored
|More of the service|
|Musicians and choir upstairs
who played beautifully. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any recordings of their music.