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Caodaism
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After Buddhism and Catholicism, Caodaism is the third largest religion in Vietnam (practiced by an estimated 3% to 10% of the population). Its name derives from the title of the supreme divinity, Cao Dai (lit. “highest palace”). Caodaism combines Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and Christian elements with aspects of Vietnam's indigenous religion. Outside Vietnam, Caodaism is practiced almost exclusively by Vietnamese emigrants.

The founder of Caodaism was Ngo Van Chieu (1878–1932, also known as Ngo Minh Chieu), a civil servant in the French col…

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Seiwert, Hubert, “Caodaism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02744>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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