Goddess Ma Tsu  

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"MA-TSU" IS AN ANCIENT CHINESE TAOIST GODDESS OF THE SEA. HER NAME MEANS "MOTHER ANCESTOR," AND SHE IS REVERED AS A PATRON SAINT. SHE PROTECTS THE FISHERMEN, SAILORS, AND ALL WHO TRAVEL ON THE OCEAN.

ACCORDING TO CHINESE ACCOUNTS WAS BORN IN 742 A. D., DURING THE TANG DYNASTY, AND LEGEND HOLDS THAT MIRACLES ACCOMPANIED HER BIRTH AND LIFE AND DEATH. IT IS SAID THAT BY THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS OLD, SHE WAS ALREADY ABLE TO RECITE THE SACRED BOOKS IN HONOR OF "KWAN "YIN". HER FOUR BROTHERS WERE MERCHANTS WHO NAVIGATED THE OCEAN. ONE NIGHT SHE WENT INTO A TRANCE AND AFTERWARD TOLD HER PARENTS THAT SHE HAD ASSISTED HER BROTHERS WHO WERE IN DANGER. SOME DAYS AFTERWARD WHEN THEY RETURNED HOME, THEY TOLD THAT THREE DAYS BEFORE THEY HAD EXPERIENCED A TERRIBLE STORM, AND WHEN THEIR BOATS WERE SEPARATED AND ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED, A YOUNG WOMAN HAD APPEARED, WHO SEIZED THE ROPES AND RESCUED THEM.

SHE IS UNIVERSALLY WORSHIPED BY SAILORS, AND HER IMAGE IS TO BE FOUND IN A LITTLE SHRINE ON EVERY CHINESE VESSEL. IN FACT, MORE THAN 1500 TEMPLES AE DEDICATED TO HER, AND SHE IS WORSHIPPED BY OVER ONE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE IN THE COASTAL AREAS OF CHINA. SHE IS ALSO INVOKED BY WOMEN DURING CONFINEMENT, AND BY WOMEN WHO DESIRE OFFSPRING.

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