Man Ming Temple and the SkyTree
Built no later than 1924 by the Liu clan, the temple was a religious place to venerate the Man God (Civil God), Mo God (Martial God), and Kuixing (or known as the Fui Shing, God of Literature), all of whom belong to the five Wenchang gods, a group of Chinese deities associated with good luck in examinations and professional attainments. It was believed that these worships could bring success and prosperity to generations of the clan.
The god of civil, also known as Man Cheong, is said to govern knowledge and educational studies. Its statue is usually depicted holding an ink brush as a symbol for academic accomplishment and career opportunity within the official ranks of a government. The god of martial, on the other hand, as most commonly known for his human name Kwan Yu, is a prominent historical figure during the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history.
Photo acknowledgement: “阡陌.依舊” Facebook page (society and culture website)