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As one of the most widely revered folk heroines of Chinese culture, Mazu is depicted in temples throughout China’s coastal regions and celebrated as one of the bravest women in history. Her story originates from the Fujian province, and is known as the Goddess of the Sea—being worshipped especially by the coastal cultures of Southern China. Inspired by this fabled character’s influence over people’s hearts and the similarity she bares to the bodhisattva Guanyin, LIULI artist Loretta H. Yang designed this artwork to be one that represents benevolence and joy. Combining classical representation with light-bending crystal, the Mazu here sits nobly exuding kindness and compassion.
The Goddess Mazu is typically depicted in a seated position until the first standing sculpture of Mazu was discovered in 1989. Even today, the image of Mazu atop a dragon in the water is deep rooted in the peoples hearts, a symbol of protection for all.
Because Mazu is from the Northern Song, she wears clothes associated with those times. She rides an auspicious dragon between heaven and earth, a protector of peace and a symbol of her inclusive benevolence.
Mazu has a dignified and benevolent appearance and a refined bearing. Her dress moves with the wind, representing the tranquility of harmony.
Mazu holds a Ruyi in her hand to disseminate auspicious blessings to all.
Life of Bliss
- MAZU, Protector of Peace Across the Generations
Guardian of peace,
Securing the home and all within it.
With Goddess Mazu protecting the earth,
Is filled with the sincerest respect,
The most selfless virtue.
Righteousness for all,
Tranquility across the generations.
- [ 天上聖母, 琉璃媽祖 ]