The Great Temple of Cao Dai at Tay Ninh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yGIthOVdM0 / Martin Simpson·15 videos / Uploaded on Jun 29, 2008 / 9:08 minutes
This video has very good narration and history.
With a wedding cake temple and patron saints like Victor Hugo, this Vietnamese religion beat the hell out of Hillsong.
The 1 Eye Worship Religion (cao dai) (BBC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpE0j8_jLZo / TheKilluminati786·85 videos / Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009 / 5:55 minutes
The resemblance was not a coincidence: French-educated Vietnamese officials like Ngo Minh Chieu knew a great deal about Freemasonry, which was widespread in Indochina. The Masons were attractive to the Caodaists for two reasons: they could influence the French government, and they were historically opposed to the Catholic Church, which meant that they were, at least theoretically, in favor of religious freedom.
Religion is called Cao dai from the BBC Documentary Around the world in 80 faiths
Vietnam / Tay Ninh – Toa Thanh Cao Dai Temple
Video: Samuel Degen, http://www.samueldegen.de Musik: Sascha Ende, www.ende.tv
Cao Đài (Vietnamese: [kāːw ɗâːj] ( listen), also Caodaiism) is a relatively modern syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam in 1926. Due to its young age, it shows its syncretistic roots more than older religions. Đạo Cao Đài is the religion’s shortened name; its full name is Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (Great Religion [of The] Third Period [of] Revelation [and] Salvation).
Cao means “high” and Đài means “dais” (as in a platform or altar raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it). Figuratively, it means that highest spiritual place where God reigns. Caodaiists often use the term Đức Cao Đài (Venerable Cao Đài) as the abbreviated name for God, the creator of the universe, whose full title is Cao Đài Tiên Ông Đại Bồ Tát Ma-ha-tát (translation: Cao Đài [the] Ancient Sage [and] Great Bodhisattva Mahasattva). According to Caodaiists, the full title was purposefully chosen by God because within it are representations of the Three Teachings: Saint, Sage and Buddha. Caodaiists credit God as the religion’s founder. They believe the teachings, symbolism and organization were communicated directly from God. Even the construction of the Tây Ninh Holy See is claimed to have had divine guidance. Cao Đài’s first disciples, Ngô Văn Chiêu, Cao Quỳnh Cư, Phạm Công Tắc and Cao Hoài Sang, claimed to have received direct communications from God, who gave them explicit instructions for establishing a new religion that would commence the Third Era of Religious Amnesty.
Adherents engage in ethical practices such as prayer, veneration of ancestors, nonviolence, and vegetarianism with the minimum goal of rejoining God the Father in Heaven and the ultimate goal of freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Estimates of Cao Đài adherents in Vietnam vary, but most sources give two to three million, according to other sources up to six million. An additional 30,000 (numbers may vary), primarily ethnic Vietnamese, live in the United States, Europe, and Australia.