THE DOOR GOD

China Scenic - - Lens - Photo/ Wang Ning

The ap­pear­ance of doors dif­fers not only by era, but also, and more im­por­tantly, by ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion. The beau­ties of var­i­ous types of doors found through­out China pos­sess a plethora of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cances, re­flect­ing vastly great ways of life. This is a small tem­ple in the coun­try­side of Changle, Fu­jian Prov­ince. It’s amaz­ing that the door gods on the tem­ple’s gate are painted by hands in­stead of be­ing printed. Maybe only by do­ing this the door gods can be touched by the monks’ piety, thus pro­tect­ing and main­tain­ing the safety and hap­pi­ness of this area.

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