Taoist Iconography at Chengdu Bronze Goat Temple

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The Bronze Goat Temple features a plethora of Taoist iconography, including this carving featuring all the characters of the Chinese zodiac. 

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There are also two famous statues bronze statues of goats that were brought from Beijing during the Qing Dynasty. Somehow, I missed taking a photo of either of them but managed one of this rather magnificent specimen.

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The Chinese characters青 (qing) and 羊 (yang) are quite ambiguous in meaning. 青 (qing) can mean anything from bronze to green, while羊 (yang) can denote anything from a goat to a lamb or even a ram. As a result, English translations of the temple’s name can vary.

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