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In Vietnam, socio-cultural tourism can be educative if you're a religious person
One aspect of tourism is to know the cultures and religions of the country you are visiting. Often temples and religious places are included in many organised group tours. If you happen to visit Vietnam, do visit Caodaist temples to know about the new religion, popularly known as 'Caodaiism' founded in the 20th century by combining the best practices of many eastern religions.

Vietnam – also called Lonely Planet – is full of exceedingly exotic and completely compelling and breathtaking natural beauty with a unique cultural heritage. For many tourists, Caodaiism and temples thereof are becoming new tourist destinations. Socio-cultural tourism, of which, visit to religious places is often seen as an academic and amateur pursuit is picking up in Vietnam and visit to Caodaist temples and knowing about Caodaiism is becoming a part of it.

Cao Dai or Caodaiism is a relatively new religious movement of Vietnam founded in 1926 in the city of Tay Ninh by taking best ideas of the religions of the East. This monotheistic religion is considered as be a religious reform and is termed as 'The Great Faith' in English.

Caodaiism believes in one Supreme Being as God – the male creator of the universe – perceived as the great Bodhisattva called the 'Yang' who is balanced by the energy of Mother Goddess which is deemed as nurturing and restorative force of the universe called the 'Ying'. This is quite akin to the concepts of 'Param Purus' and 'Adi Shakti' of Hinduism and other religions of the Indian subcontinent.

The symbol of the faith is the Left Eye of God representing the Yang who is formless and limitless who along being the creator of the universe is also an all-pervading witness to all that is happening in the universe including human thoughts and actions.

There are around 50 lakh followers of Cao Dai in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese migrants have also established temples which essentially have uniform temple building design. The design, shape and colouring of Caodaist temples are quite standard around the world and include the incorporation of sacred images or motifs, symbols, and colours.

The followers engage in practices such as prayer, veneration of ancestors, nonviolence, vegetarianism along with purification of mind with the goal of union with God and freedom from samsara.

The religion promotes the spiritual path of prayers and purification of mind and action with a firm belief in karmic theory of life. I understood more about the religion by creating a sketch note on it.

If you ever visit Vietnam, do visit a few Caodaist temples to know and discuss this religion of the 20th century.

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