Some Caodaiists sat together at the entrance of the temple

Caodaiists smiling
Cao Dai people met in Ho Chi Minh City
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As I walked through the center of Ho Chi Minh City, I saw people dressed similarly sitting on benches. Both men and women were dressed similarly, and the men had what looked like turbans wrapped around their heads. Judging from their appearance, these people were Caodaiists.

Cao Dai is a new religion in Vietnam, characterized by a doctrine based on the teachings of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. It is thought that by combining the best aspects of each religion, a new religion has been created. This is why it was named Cao Dai (= high ground).

Beyond that, these believers gathered at the temple for worship. I am not sure if the Cao Dai has followers outside of Vietnam, even though it is quite powerful in that country. At least, I have never met any Caodaiists in Japan.

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PHOTO DATA

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3058

Shooting Date

Mar 2009

Posted On

August 9, 2009

Modified On

November 29, 2023

Place

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF85MM F1.2L II USM

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