Monday, May 28, 2012

13 Goddesses Week #13 - Chinese: Quan Yin & 19 Faces: #27

Last Goddess for the
13 Goddesses in 13 Weeks Challenge!
I have enjoyed very much as I hope have my fellow participants! Thank you all!
Maybe I'll host a new challenge the next Fall.

Chinese Goddess: Quan Yin

"One of the deities most frequently seen on altars in China's temples is Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin, Kuanyin; in pinyin,  Guanyin). In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or 'Born of the Lotus'. In China she has many names and is also known as 'great mercy, great pity; salvation from misery, salvation from woe; self-existent; thousand arms and thousand eyes,' etc. In addition she is often referred to as the Goddess of the Southern Sea -- or Indian Archipelago -- and has been compared to the Virgin Mary. She is one of the San Ta Shih, or the Three Great Beings, renowned for their power over the animal kingdom or the forces of nature. These three Bodhisattvas or P'u Sa as they are know in China, are namely Manjusri (Skt.) or Wên Shu, Samantabhadra or P'u Hsien, and Avalokitesvara or Quan Yin. She is goddess of fecundity as well as of mercy. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. She cares for souls in the underworld, and is invoked during post-burial rituals to free the soul of the deceased from the torments of purgatory. According to one ancient legend her name was Miao Shan, and she was the daughter of an Indian Prince. Youthful and serene, she chose to follow a path of self-sacrifice and virtue, and became a pious follower of Buddha, herself attaining the right to budddhahood but remaining on earth to help mankind. In order to convert her blind father, she visited him transfigured as a stranger, and informed him that were he to swallow an eyeball of one of his children, his sight would be restored. His children would not consent to the necessary sacrifice, whereupon the future goddess created an eye which her parent swallowed and he regained his sight. She then persuaded her father to join the Buddhist priesthood by pointing out the folly and vanity of a world in which children would not even sacrifice an eye for the sake of a parent."
(source Holy Mountain)

Now show me yours!


  1. Gosh she is a busy little bee isn't she :D
    Thank you so much for hosting this challenge Simona, it has been great fun visiting all these wonderful Goddesses together. I look forward to whatever subject you choose in the fall :D XXX

  2. so cute... with little lips!!!!!!;)

  3. Well done Simona! I love her! What a great challenge you hosted! I am sad it's over! I will be linking mine soon ;o)

  4. I totally forgot this was our last goddess. Sheesh! If I remembered I would given her more of a farewell post. :) You have given yours a fantastic hair. She is gorgeous! And than you so much for hosting this fantastic challenge. I had fun all the way! :)

  5. Thanks for showing me yours, I wrote you mine; all of them ;-)

    Thanks so much for holding this wonderful event, I promise not to fall sooo behind during the next one (if you choose to have a next one). It was fun writing the tales, and delightful looking at everybody's interpretations.