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Jade goddess Matsu shipping off to Taiwan

12-15-2011 09:17 BJT

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Matsu, the indigenous goddess of the sea and guardian of fishermen and sailors, is widely worshipped in the south-eastern coastal areas of China.

On Meizhou island of Fujian Province, the birthplace of Matsu, a grand ceremony took place on Monday, not only to pray for blessings from the goddess, but also to celebrate the statue's visit to Taiwan.

Held in Meizhou Matsu Temple, tens of thousands of believers from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan participated in the ceremony.

The jade statue is more than one meter high, and weighs more than 1 ton. Paying respect to the goddess, a huge crane was used to slowly and steadily move the jade statue from the temple to the ship, which is fully equipped with shockproof cases.

The statue is expected to arrive in Taiwan around December 14th, where it will go on a four-day tour around Taichung city.

Over ten thousand Taiwan believers are expected to be there to pray for blessing from the goddess.

The jade statue is more than one meter high, and weighs more than 1 ton. Paying respect to
the goddess, a huge crane was used to slowly and steadily move the jade statue from the
temple to the ship, which is fully equipped with shockproof cases.

 

Jade Matsu statue to be moved to Taiwan

Matsu is the indigenous goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. She is widely worshipped in the south-eastern coastal areas of China.

Recently in Fujian Province, an dedication ceremony of a jade Matsu statue was held on Meizhou Island, the legendary birthplace of the goddess. The sculpture, which will next be moved to Taiwan, is one of two similar statues that will symbolically link believers on both sides of the Straits. Full story>>

Recently in Fujian Province, an dedication ceremony of a jade Matsu statue was held on
Meizhou Island, the legendary birthplace of the goddess. The sculpture, which will next be moved to Taiwan, is one of two similar statues that will symbolically link believers on
both sides of the Straits.

 

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Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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