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Ta Cheng Palace
There are also cylindrical drums for books that are exclusive to the Confucius Temple. It is said that in the days of the Qingshi Emperor, when books were burnt and intellectuals buried alive, people kept books in the drums.The other ornaments on the ridge are the owls in pair. The pairs of owls are other unique sculptures to be found on the roof. The owl is regarded as an evil bird. “By the Pond” from the Book of Odes, reads: “…owls gather by the pond eat my mulberries, and salute us with fine notes” This suggests that Confucius’ doctrine is capable of making the owls docile. On both sides of the mountain-shaped wall, there is a pair of iron-made scissors to highlight the contrast of the mountain-shaped wall and the wooden beams on the inside.
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