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Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple
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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-14
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): windows & doors [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-12 0:56
Viewed: 1713
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Decorated window and balcony at Cao Dai Temple

in the center - The Divine Eye symbol, representing Cao Dai (God).

Just outside Tay Ninh and 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect. Cao Dai is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions.

The most important symbol is the Divine Eye, representing God, which also appears in followers' homes. It is a left eye, because God is Yang, and Yang is the left side. It has a ying-yang symbol in the pupil.


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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-06-12 1:15]

I like you go with center with this one. Very nice colors and details.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-12 1:45]

Hi Tsilla.

Yes, the eye sees all.
Very attractive pastel tones, i like the design they used, very ornate, yet homely. The shade shows doo depth and detail, perspective is something many chew over. Should the sides be straightened or not, i'm a believer that this looks right. Neat work, well seen and presented Tsilla. TFS

Stv :0))

Hello Tsilla, a good symmetrical picture full of sharp and colourful details.
I agree with Steve that the perspective is right for this particular shot; sometimes it can be a nightmare, should I alter the perspective or not?
Your notes were interesting, thank you.
Regards Jean.

Ciao Tsilla, great view of fantastic architecture, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

HI Tsilla, what a great and marvelous shot of the decorated window and balcony of this temple. You captured soo much detail, I could check it out for some time and might do. The divine eye is really eye catching.
Very well done - thanks for sharing
Regards Monika

A razor-sharp shot from a wonderful architecture with superb artwork, Tsilla!

Great management of light and well kept exposure make this work so lovely to look at.
The colors are original and clarity is nice.
Nice POV and well kept DOF too.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-06-15 7:04]

Shalom Tsilla!
Very good capture, with perfect simmetry! The sharpness is superb and one can admire the fine details of this original architecture very well.
Pleasant soft colors and nice lighting.
Well done.
Ciao and lovely WE! Vanda

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