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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,


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.

Tags: Taiwan Landscape and travel Republic of china Tainan Matsu temple andta tien hou temple Matsu goddess of the sea

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
26 Feb 2009 5:59PM
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 10 1 2 United States
26 Feb 2009 6:25PM
What an interesting set of colorful images JNC.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
26 Feb 2009 7:14PM
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
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
26 Feb 2009 7:57PM
Magic set
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Feb 2009 8:10PM
A ++++++++++!
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
26 Feb 2009 8:16PM
World series again JNC
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
26 Feb 2009 9:21PM
excellent details and colors JNC, fascinating images.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
26 Feb 2009 9:41PM
Wonderful images in this set. V1 is my favorite. Lovely colors and patterns. Great shot.....Sandy
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 10:56PM
Beautiful selection..
Ray42 9 3 England
27 Feb 2009 8:27AM
Very good travel pictures - full of colour and interest
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 9:08AM
wonderful colourful interesting and well presented set of pictures, I have bookmarked you and will re visit
Linda Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 9:39AM
Great selection
Interesting to see...I certainly wont get there so Thankyou
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
27 Feb 2009 11:41AM
Another educational set of images

norton 13 6 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2009 8:34PM
Lovely colourful shots JNC,great detail too,well captured...................

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
4 Mar 2009 8:01PM
Marvellous detail and colours in these fine images and such an interesting narrative to go with them

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