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Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province in the People's Republic of China. It is the largest city in Hubei and the most populous city in Central China, with a population of over 11 million. The Wuhan metropolis is an amalgamation of three cities situated at the confluence of the Han River and the Yangtze: Wuchang, located on the southern bank of the Yangtze, Hanyang, located on the northern bank of the Yangtze and the west bank of the Han, and Hankou, located on the northern bank of the Yangtze and the eastern bank of the Han.

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China, Wuhan5

  1. 1. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province in the People's Republic of China. It is the largest city in Hubei and the most populous city in Central China, with a population of over 11 million. The name "Wuhan" came from the city's historical origin from the conglomeration of Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang, which are collectively known as the "Three Towns of Wuhan". It lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain, at the confluence of the Yangtze river and its largest tributary, the Han River and is known as "Nine Provinces' Thoroughfare"
  2. 2. Wuhan: City of Four Buddhist Temples Located in Hankou, Gude Temple exudes an exotic air given its unique architectural style was modelled on the Ananda Temple in Myanmar’s Bagan
  3. 3. Gude Temple, located at No. 74 landslide on Huangpu Road, Hankou, Wuhan
  4. 4. Gude Temple was founded by Long Xi in the third year of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty (1877)
  5. 5. Completed in 1913, Gude Temple is not what it once was. Unfortunately, it suffered considerable damage during the Cultural Revolution and is still in disrepair
  6. 6. With Ionic columns and elaborate window grilles, it appears more like a gothic cathedral than a typical Chinese Buddhist temple
  7. 7. The temple mixes the characteristics of Eurasian religious architecture and integrates the three major Buddhist schools of Mahayana, Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism
  8. 8. There are nine stupas atop Yuantong Hall, yet from any given view only seven can be seen, meaning two stupas are always "invisible"
  9. 9. Gude Buddhist Temple - Yuantong Hall
  10. 10. Together with Guiyuan Temple, Baotong Temple and Lianxi Temple, they are called the four major Buddhist jungles in Wuhan. Tourists can pay a visit by offering incense in lieu of entrance tickets
  11. 11. Gude BuddhistTemple
  12. 12. Gude Temple of Hankou was originally named Gude Maopeng. Changed its name to Gude Temple, which means "good spirits are ancient, Pudu is virtue”
  13. 13. Gude Buddhist Temple Yuantong Hall
  14. 14. A four-faced Buddha statue inside a glittering, mosaic pavilion
  15. 15. Thai people created their own version of the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, at the Erawan Shrine Like the original Hindu Brahma, the Buddha at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok has four faces
  16. 16. The Erawan Shrine initial idea was to ward off the curses and spirits that plagued the grounds of the Erawan Hotel next door. After a series of injuries to the workers and a sunken shipment of the hotel’s expensive marble stones, the shrine was erected, giving the rest of the hotel’s days a smooth sailing. Today, the Erawan Hotel no longer exists but locals and tourists frequent the shrine for good luck and blessings as it’s known to grant whatever is wished
  17. 17. Four-faced Buddha at Gude Buddhist Temple (1997)
  18. 18. Around the world, including cities like Vancouver, Taipei, and Hong Kong, replica shrines have been built by devotees to honor this divine guardian
  19. 19. Facing the shrine’s entrance, the front face represents career and life. Continuing clockwise, the second is symbolic of relationship and family, the third is for wealth, and the last for wisdom and health. The Buddha has eight arms and hands, all of which carry significant meaning: The book represents knowledge…
  20. 20. Legend has it that the four- sided Buddha has boundless powers, so it cannot be enshrined in the hall, and only the sky can be its main hall
  21. 21. The four faces of the god represent career, love, wealth and health, and He is in charge of all human affairs
  22. 22. The Erawan four faces god from Thailand 1997
  23. 23. Gude Buddhist Temple
  24. 24. The Hall of the Heavenly King in Gude Buddhist Temple
  25. 25. Gude Buddhist Temple
  26. 26. Gude Buddhist Temple The god of wealth
  27. 27. Both Buddhism and Taoism have been officially recognised in Communist China with thousands of temples, even though they were subjected to heavy crackdown during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) headed by Communist Party of China (CPC) founder Mao Zedong to cleanse China of its spiritual past
  28. 28. Gude Temple The three big Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Medicine Buddha
  29. 29. Gude Temple The three big Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Medicine Buddha
  30. 30. Gude Buddhist Temple Skanda, also known as Wei Tuo is a Mahayana bodhisattva regarded as a devoted guardian of Buddhist monasteries who protects the teachings of Buddhism
  31. 31. Gude Buddhist Temple Skanda, also known as Wei Tuo Guanyin,GuanYinorKuanYinisthemostcommonlyused ChinesetranslationofthebodhisattvaknownasAvalokiteśvara
  32. 32. GudeBuddhistTemple
  33. 33. Gude Buddhist Temple - Maitreya Buddha - Tianwang Hall
  34. 34. Gude Buddhist Temple
  35. 35. Gude Buddhist Temple
  36. 36. The Four Heavenly Kings are four Buddhist gods, each of whom is believed to watch over one cardinal direction of the world. In Chinese mythology, they are known collectively as the "Fēng Tiáo Yǔ Shùn“ lit.: 'Four Great Heavenly Kings‘)
  37. 37. The protector of the north is the chief of the four kings he is the ruler of rain
  38. 38. The symbolic weapons of the King of North are the umbrella or pagoda. Wearing heavy armor and carrying the umbrella in his right hand, he is often associated with the color yellow or green
  39. 39. The King of the south is one who causes good growth of roots. He is the ruler of the wind. His symbolic weapon is the sword which he carries in his right hand to protect the Dharma and the southern continent. Associated with the color blue
  40. 40. The King of the east is the God of music. His symbolic weapon is the pipa (stringed instrument). He is harmonious and compassionate and protects all beings. Uses his music to convert others to Buddhism. Associated with the color white.
  41. 41. King of the west and one who sees all. His symbolic weapon is a snake or red cord that is representative of a dragon. As the eye in the sky, he sees people who do not believe in Buddhism and converts them. His ancient name means "he who has broad objectives". Associated with the color red
  42. 42. Unfortunately, Wuhan gained international ‘fame’ as the start of the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that caused the COVID- 19 pandemic, was first identified in Wuhan in December 2019
  43. 43. Sound: Chinese Buddhist Song - Jie Tuo Dao Text and pictures: Internet All copyrights belong to their respective owners Presen Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda https://ma-planete.com/michaelasanda 2020