Tuesday, August 08, 2006

San Francisco Chinatown, 1900

Changing Chinatown Exactly how well do we know the neighborhood?

A child is attracted to a fortune teller on a Chinatown street in this photo circa 1900. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Historical Society of America


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Taoist Talisman

These cards are believed to have magical powers which aid in longevity, wealth, marriage, childbirth, and protecting you as you own personal guardian angel.

Long Life

©Tao Arts, 2003 - 2006.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds

The altar inside the Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds is spectacular.

There are three ornately carved wooden canopies containing images of gods along the back wall opposite the spirit screens, and in front of them is an altar holding candles, incense sticks, oracle fortune sticks and an oracle book, wine cups, and pictures of Immortals painted on glass. Before this altar is a small wooden table on which food offerings are placed and a stone urn used to offer alcoholic beverages, usually whiskey.


© 2004 State of California.

Weaverville Joss House

About 1852 or 1853, the Chinese erected a place of Taoist worship at Chimney Point in Weaverville, Trinity county.


© 2004 State of California.

Weaverville Joss House

Weaverville Joss House SHP is considered the oldest original Chinese house of worship in California.

© 2004 State of California.