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Exterior of a Chinese Temple in San Francisco

Chinese temples were often called Joss Houses. The word "joss" comes from the Portuguese term for God, Deus. Chinese immigrants in San Francisco went to temples to pray for good luck and to honor their ancestors. This photograph was most likely created as a tourist souvenir.

Chinatown, S.F. Cal. The Joss Temple
Source | Unknown, Chinatown, S.F. Cal. The Joss Temple, b & w photograph, Taber Gallery, [1871-1906]; The Bancroft Library, University of California, Calisphere, http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/hb596nb0k3/?brand=calisphere.
Creator | Unknown
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Unknown, “Exterior of a Chinese Temple in San Francisco,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 18, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1122.

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