Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Jade Emperor

The Jade Emperor sits in a cloud of insense.

Temple to the Jade Emperor in Saigon, Vietnam.

In Vietnam, Taoist thought is suberseded by concrete interaction between man and more tangible deities representing the forces of nature (animism). Ruling the spirits, genies and demons is the Jade Emperor, while Eight Immortals, who drank the elixir of immortality, intercede on behalf of the faithful.


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