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All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
This All-Seeing Eye image framed in a triangle surrounded by sun rays and carved lotus blossoms is displayed in the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The elaborate temple, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955....
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Carved animals on ceiling in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved animals on ceiling in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Animal figures are carved around a light fixture on the ceiling of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. Visible here are a turtle, representing longevity, a phoenix-like bird, representing nobility, and a protective lion dog. The animal forms and the surrounding...
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Carved columns and robed worshipper on veranda of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved columns and robed worshipper on veranda of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Three columns carved with dragons and lotus flowers, and a white-robed worshipper walking nearby, are seen on the front veranda of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. White robes are worn by lay congregants and solid color robes of red, blue, or yellow are worn...
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Carved relief of four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns at Angkor Wat
Carved relief of four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns at Angkor  Wat
Four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns appear together on a carved stone bas-relief at Angkor Wat. These dancing female divinities (each called an "apsaras") are said to be created for the entertainment of the Hindu gods. They often are recognizable...
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Colorful columns and hall of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Colorful columns and hall of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved dragons and swirling clouds spiral around pink, blue, black, and white columns in the yellow interior hall of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. White cloud paintings decorate a blue arched ceiling. A second-floor balcony allows visitors to look down upon...
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Followers dressed in white sit worshipping in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Followers dressed in white sit worshipping in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Dozens of followers dressed in white robes worship in the colorful Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The congregation, seen from behind, sits cross-legged on the floor with their hands held up in front of their chests. White robes are worn by lay congregants and...
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Inner temple hallway lined with stone statues including Buddha at Angkor Wat
Inner temple hallway lined with stone statues including Buddha at Angkor Wat
An arched inner temple hallway at Angkor Wat is lined with stone statues including a tall Buddha, seen towards the middle here. Several of the statues, even a headless one towards the front, are wrapped diagonally across their chests with gold or orange sashes....
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Moat, guardian lion statue, and causeway into temple buildings at Angkor Wat
Moat, guardian lion statue, and causeway into temple buildings at Angkor Wat
A carved stone lion statue stands on guard near a causeway over the huge water reservoir and moat surrounding Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex at the ancient city of Angkor. Angkor Wat, like many Hindu and Buddhist Southeast Asian temples, was designed...
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Painted statues including Victor Hugo on platform in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Painted statues including Victor Hugo on platform in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Three painted statues on pedestals guarded by carved serpents are seen on a platform within the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The statues, including one of Victor Hugo on the left, depict saints honored in the Cao Dai religion. White robed worshippers sit and...
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The Ramayana
The Hindu epic The Ramayana is retold through the mural, painting, and dance of Southeast Asia.
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Rubbing of Sita and Hanuman from carved stone wall at Angkor Wat
Rubbing of Sita and Hanuman from carved stone wall at Angkor Wat
This charcoal rubbing was taken in 1983 from a carved stone relief at the Cambodian temple known as Angkor Wat. It is from one of Angkor Wat's many sequential stone wall carvings that depict key scenes from the Ramayana epic. This image depicts a scene where...
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Seven headed serpent forming stone balustrade at Angkor Wat
Seven headed serpent forming stone balustrade at Angkor Wat
A seven-headed serpent or "naga" forms a stone balustrade beside a walkway leading into a building at Angkor Wat. The naga, literally "serpent" in Sanskrit, represents power, water, and fertility in many Hindu texts. Khmer adopted the...
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Two dancing female deities with spiked crowns carved in low relief at Angkor Wat
Two dancing female deities with spiked crowns carved in low relief at Angkor Wat
Two dancing female deities with spiked crowns are carved in low relief and surrounded by carved floral designs. The figures in mirror image stances balance on one bent leg in active positions typical of classical Southeast Asian dances. One hand is held above...
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View outward over walled complex from top of central tower at Angkor Wat
View outward over walled complex from top of central tower at Angkor Wat
This view looks outward over walled complex from the top of the central tower at Angkor Wat. Stone reliefs, visitors, the causeway entrance, and bright green forest in the distance are visible from this vantage point. This elevated image over the stone roofs,...
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Woman in white robes sweeps veranda steps of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Woman in white robes sweeps veranda steps of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
A grey-haired woman in long white robes sweeps the veranda steps of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The woman wears the clothes of lay worshippers: a long white tunic robe over loose white pants. She is sweeping a set of semi-circular polished stone steps...
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