Painting of two sages, Tam San Hoi Quan Temple, Saigon
The pagoda, constructed in 1839, is dedicated to Me Sanh, the Goddess of Fertility. It is especially popular with women praying for conception. Worshippers congregate in front of Me Sanh’s altar at the back of the temple. On the interior walls of the temple are numerous paintings with beautiful scenes of nature.
Martin Gray is a cultural anthropologist, writer and photographer specializing in the study and documentation of pilgrimage places around the world. During a 38 year period he has visited more than 1500 sacred sites in 165 countries. The World Pilgrimage Guide web site is the most comprehensive source of information on this subject.