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Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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While many other religions are insular, Cao Daism trumpets its foundations in other faiths. Cao Daists describe their religion as the unification of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism: These faiths are represented in Cao Dai theology through such concepts as reincarnation, vegetarianism and yin and yang and also on the Cao Dai banner - a tri-colour with one colour for each religion
After the temple we made our way to the Cu Chi Tunnels- these are just a small section of the massive labyrinth and multi-leveled tunnel infrastructure built by the Viet Cong to allow them, and the North Vietnamese Regular Army (NVA) to hide from the Americans and the South Vietnamese Army. These tunnels were well south of the DMZ, inside South Vietnam, and very close to Saigon, and were an obvious problem for the Americans. The tunnels were also heavily booby-trapped and the Americans, after heavy losses, gave up trying to use troops on the ground to destroy them, and this became one of the most heavily bombed areas of the war- it's also where Agent Orange was used as the Americans tried to destroy the ground cover that helped hide the tunnels. The Viet Cong did sustain huge loss of life but the tunnel system survived the war.
The group we were assigned to tour the tunnels with were heavy on the 'heavy' so my initial fears of being the one guy in the group who gets stuck in one of the tunnels (requiring the Extrication Squad from Crisco Oil) were quelled- I might get stuck but there some in the group who wouldn't get through the entrance opening!
At the very end, you have an opportunity to shoot any number of vintage Vietnam era weapons but it was surprisingly expensive and, as we were down on Dongs (Vietnamese currency), we gave it a pass. We're saving that experience for Cambodia.