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Introduced in the 18th century, cantilevered brackets allowed the curving eaves of Chinese buildings/temples to extend well beyond the main pillars and acquire an increasingly decorative value.

These curving eaves were then supplemented by lines of carved animals and figures on the gable ends of the roof.

In Chinese temples, these decorative animal carvings are used to symbolize good luck and longevity - and are more popular with Taoists than with Buddhists.

Taoist halls also have distinctive raised octagonal cupolas sporting the black-and-white yin-yang symbol.

Taoism has its own holy trinity, the Three Immortals, who each ride different animals and represent the three levels of the Taoist afterlife. Other figures include the Yellow Emperor, a further Eight Immortals and historical people who were canonized.

Tech: Cropped, resized and sharpened. The colours are natural.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Orme (orme) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
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