Longhu Shan – Temple of the Celestial Masters and the Lion

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We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.

We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.DSCF0871

Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.

Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.DSCF0870

Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.

Also near the temple is this drum tower.DSCF0866

Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.DSCF0872

The trip was a bit of a disappointment!

Zhang Daoling – Founder and First Patriarch of the Tianshidao

This is perhaps one of the most frightening statues I have seen in my trip to Longhu Shan.

This is Zhang Daoling, the first Celestial Master of China, who has founded Taoism.

In my childhood days, I understand Zhang is the guy who can capture devilish ghosts!DSCF0861

The following is extracted from the British Britannica:

Zhang Daoling, Wade-Giles romanization Chang Tao-ling   (born 34 ce, Pei, Jiangxi, China—died 156, Hanzhong), founder and first patriarch of the Tainshidao (“Way of the Celestial Masters”) movement within Daoism.Zhang settled in the Sichuan area and there studied Daoism sometime during the reign of Shundi (125–144) of the Dong (Eastern) Han dynasty. Zhang claimed to have received a revelation from the great sage Laozi and began to prophesy the coming of a time called Great Peace (Taiping). According to tradition, he composed the Xiang’er commentary to the Daodejing to propagate his movement.