This is Yao Priests Dragon robe with cotton embroidery. Dragons adorn the two front flaps while the back is filled with the adobe of 'The Three Pure Ones', rows of saints, the Seven Stars, gods trigrams, the five elements, the sun and moon etc. In excellent condition.
The art and philosophy of Taoism has long fascinated many, worldwide. It combines shamanism with ancestor worship, emphasizing loyalty, respect for one's elders, continuity of clan, and justice. The gentle, good-humored Yao, or Eu-Mien, continue to observe ancient Taoist traditions in their unique religion which fuses animism, reverence for their tribal progenitor and Taoism. As far as I know, few Mien have even heard of Lao Tzu, author of the famous Taoist philosophy book, Tao Te Ching. Mien Taoism is more religious than philosophical, though the understanding the complex pantheon at all, requires deep thought. Some have converted to Buddhism or Christianity, but respect for Taoist beliefs remains strong.