Qingdao Travelogue – TianHou Temple

TianHou Temple: Predates Qingdao City itself and located in old town near Zhan Qiao. MaZu, the Chinese Goddess of the sea, is a commonly worshiped in south-east coastal cities of China. Lin Mo Niang (MaZu) was born on a small island in the straits of Taiwan in the year 960. MaZu is usually depicted with two guardian generals who were once demons that she subdued and turn into guardians and friends. According to popular legend, MaZu was taught the mysteries of Tao by a priest and subsequently began a lifetime of selfless charity guiding ships in to the harbor and saving sailors from drowning.

Source: Qingdao Tour Guides, Translators, & Interpreters

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