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“LOVE, DEVOTION AND SURRENDER” (2)

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This series of photos were taken in Tainan Grand Matsu Temple. It is the oldest and most venerated of about 400 temples on the island built to worship Matsu, the Goddess of the Sea.

Hoping you enjoy this surprising visit.

All comments welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

Have a nice evening,

Jean-Noël

“It is claimed that the goddess Mazu (Matsu), a Chinese sea goddess, is the goddess most celebrated in modern times, with the number of her devotees currently estimated at over 100 million and more than 1,500 temples devoted to her worship.
Known by many names and titles, her name Mazu (Ma Tsu), means mother. Like Kuan Yin she is a goddess of compassion, one who is willing to intercede on the behalf of those in distress. But she is also revered for her courage, her willingness to fight for her principles.
A few legends tell that she was sprang from the urine of the great creator goddess Nu Kua, but many experts believe that Mazu may have originally been a real woman, born around 960 A.D. to a devout Buddhist family that lived on a small island.


This girl, Lin Mo, showed an amazing spirit and mind and was accepted to study with an elderly Taoist priest who, aware of her precocity, took her as a pupil when she was only thirteen. She blossomed under his tutelage and soon amazed everyone by developing "second sight", an awareness of distant events that one usually has no way of knowing.
Mazu was also blessed with extraordinary powers and was known to calm storms and rescue sailors who were in danger. She was proclaimed a bodhisattava (in Buddhism, a person who has attained perfection but elects to remain on earth to help others).
Lin Mo agreed to marry only if the man could defeat her in a match of Chinese boxing, a skill she had obviously mastered. She remained undefeated, and unmarried, throughout her brief life.

At the age of 28, Lin Mo told her parents that she must leave them, walked to a nearby mountaintop where witnesses reported she was encircled by a dense fog of clouds that lifted her up into the heavens and transforming her into a magnificent rainbow.


The goddess Mazu (Matsu), more than any other of the Chinese goddesses, moves us toward reconciliation....with family, with nature, and with both the masculine and feminine elements present in our personalities. Most importantly, she propels us toward an integration of mind, body, and spirit.”
Source: http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess-Mazu.htm

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:SIGNMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:“LOVE, DEVOTION AND SURRENDER” (2)
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:26 Feb 2009 - 5:36 PM
Tags:/ta tien hou temple, Landscape / travel, Matsu goddess of the sea, Matsu temple, Republic of china, Tainan, Taiwan
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7137 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 5:59 PM

Fascinating images, Jean-Noel, and so bright and colourful. Thank you for sharing them with us, it's good to learn about different parts of the world. Carol

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 6:25 PM

What an interesting set of colorful images JNC.
Bob

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6549 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 7:14 PM

A lovely series of quality images, I think you made the right choice for V1, the clarity and colour in ths shot is wonderful. - gary

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lonely_oryx
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26 Feb 2009 - 7:57 PM

Magic set

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 8:10 PM

A ++++++++++!
Jennnn

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Bodiewil
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26 Feb 2009 - 8:16 PM

World series again JNC

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photophantom
26 Feb 2009 - 9:21 PM

excellent details and colors JNC, fascinating images.
Dennis

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 9:41 PM

Wonderful images in this set. V1 is my favorite. Lovely colors and patterns. Great shot.....Sandy

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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 10:56 PM

Beautiful selection..
Gerry

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:27 AM

Very good travel pictures - full of colour and interest

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 9:08 AM

wonderful colourful interesting and well presented set of pictures, I have bookmarked you and will re visit
Linda Smile

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barbarahirst
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27 Feb 2009 - 9:39 AM

Great selection
Interesting to see...I certainly wont get there so Thankyou

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Feb 2009 - 11:41 AM

Another educational set of images

Peter

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2009 - 8:34 PM

Lovely colourful shots JNC,great detail too,well captured...................

Tony.

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Glostopcat
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4 Mar 2009 - 8:01 PM

Marvellous detail and colours in these fine images and such an interesting narrative to go with them

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