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Finding Jesus (Buddha and Confucius, too) at the Cao Dai Holy See


I mentioned the Cao Dai temple in Trang Bang in my last post, but we also visited the huge Cao Dai Holy See in Tay Ninh last week.

Remember when Lt. Dan asked Forrest Gump if he had found Jesus yet, and Gump replied that he didn’t know he was supposed to be looking for him? Well, as we watched the daily noon service at the Cao Dai Holy See with Rotary Club members and Vietnam veterans from Rockland County, my father unexpectedly found Jesus, depicted along with Buddha, Confucius and other religious figures inside the massive, ornately decorated temple.

Our tour guide explained that Cao Dai, a Vietnamese religion, combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and other world religions. It can get confusing, so just click here if you want more information about the faith. And, here’s a quick slideshow with the sights and sounds of part of the noon service.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 at 4:53 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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About this blog
"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
About the authors
Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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