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The legend of Mazu  

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Mazu Goddess of the Sea is especially respected by the ancient Chinese culture , who live in the southern coastal regions such as Fujian, China, Taiwan, Guangdong and Zhejiang, as well as neighboring areas of South Asia. Mazu belief and the practice of virtue, benevolence and love as the heart and is transmitted from generation to generation by offering ceremonies, folk tales, dance and music.


The legend of Mazu is about a girl named Lin, Mo, an official of the family born in Meizhou, a small piece of land in the Taiwan Strait off the coast of southeastern China. Lin when she was very young, very good memory and learning, the understanding of proven talent. It was soft and warm and always willing to help people in need. Thank you for your vast knowledge of Chinese medicine, was able to cure the sick and those who teach them how to prevent diseases and injuries.

Growing up in a coastal area, Lin was with the meteorological and astronomical knowledge was known for predicting the weather, the fishermen to assist in disaster prevention and recovery of shipwrecks.

After his death at the age of 28 years on top of a mountain, was a goddess. The legend says that a cloud of pink in the mountains and the wonderful music was heard in heaven, Lin was in the sky on a column of golden light.

As many Mazus ship was moored pray for a safe journey.

Thanks to the kindness, Mazu was a period of 36 titles to his wife, the queen of heaven and the Blessed Mother of the dynasty of Song (960-1279) dynasty to Qing (1644 with 1911).


It is said that Mazu was a day at sea with the ship does not sail and rudder. The captain could not sail a ship to remain; Mazu asked on a straw mat on the mast like a cloth. The ship then sailed across the sea, and led quickly to the ocean.

Once a cargo ship struck a rock, allowing influx of seawater into the cabin. When the boat begins to sink, Mazu is grass and threw it into the sea, which turned into a raft in a remarkable way, setting the vessel to prevent sinking.

Another legend tells how Mazu an iron horse to come back to life and transport them across the sea after landing on solid ground, the horse has disappeared in an instant. People who witnessed this surprised everyone in their magical powers.


Mazus birthday falls on 23 days of the third month after the Chinese lunar calendar and the anniversary of his death is the 9th day of the ninth lunar month. Some people claim a range of activities each year in these two days to honor the legend.

Traditions in terms of rituals of Mazu Mazu temples are victims, theatrical performances, memorial services for ancestors and rituals of thanksgiving to the sky.

The flour mushrooms, mushrooms, edible trees and other edible matter used for maritime zoomorphic offers. People smoke a series of fireworks and playing traditional Chinese instruments during the sacrificial ceremony.

During the festival the evening to keep the fishermen, farmers and citizens lantern to walk in places where they live and pray for peace.

To show their respect for Mazu, women generally Meizhou combing his hair in the form of a ship style and wear blue and red skirts and black trousers. When faced with mysterious scenarios pray to Mazu for a lantern festival food.

Usually the mothers pray for perfume bag for children at Mazu temple in the hope that Mazu bless their children in good health and a promising future.

The fishermen do not fish on the anniversary Mazus, represents the harmony between man and nature.

Mazu belief has been introduced to Japan during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang (1368-1398) of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In many Chinese nationals living abroad Mazu has faith in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, America, Australia and Europe.

The current achievements in research on the Mazu culture are precious materials for studying the history of navigation, science, expatriates, development of offshore islands and the economic and Chinese Lantern Festival cultural exchanges with foreign countries. She also liked the history of ancient Chinese traditions and religion.

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