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Cao Dai is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tay Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. Cao Daiism is the religion’s shortened name, the full name is Dai Dao Tam Ky Pho Do. Concerning the term Cao Dai, literally, Cao means “high” and Dai means “dais as in a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it”. Figuratively, it means that highest spiritual place where God reigns. Caodaiists often use the term Duc Cao Dai (Venerable Cao Dai) as the abbreviated name for God, the creator of the universe, whose full title is Cao Dai Tien Ong Dai Bo tat Ma-ha-tat. According to Caodaiists, the full title was purposefully chosen by God because within it is representations of the Three Teachings: Saint, Sage and Buddha. Caodaiists credit God as the religion's founder. They believe the teachings, symbolism and organization were communicated directly from God. Even the construction of the Tay Ninh Holy See is claimed to have had divine guidance. Cao Dai’s first disciples, Ngo Van Chieu, Cao Quynh Cu, Phạm Cong Tac and Cao Hoai Sang, claimed to have received direct communications from God, who gave them explicit instructions for establishing a new religion that would commence the Third Era of Religious Amnesty.