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Mother Goddesses

The many faces of the Goddess of Mercy

Guan Yin descends from the heavens on a lotus flower. In a white robe, the Goddess of Mercy is surrounded by a soft, golden light. She dips a sprig of willow in a vase and sprinkles holy water from home to home.

Friday, 13 May, 2011, 12:00am

Sisters and buddhas

IMAGES OF THE female bodhisattva Guanyin aren't unusual in Hong Kong. Revered by Buddhists and Taoists alike, representations of the merciful and compassionate figure often turn up in vegetarian restaurants and in Buddhist pamphlets about food, among other places.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

High-rise in Hainan to enter the record book

A statue to the Buddhist goddess of mercy, the largest in the world, will be unveiled this month in the tourist city of Sanya in Hainan province .

The statue of Avalokitesvara, known in Chinese as Guanyin, rises 108 metres, four times higher than Hong Kong' giant bronze Buddha on Lantau, which stands 26.4 metres tall.

6 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Seekers of good fortune flock to borrow from goddess

The economy may be recovering, but the Goddess of Mercy remains as popular as ever for those seeking their fortune.

About 35,000 worshippers prayed to the goddess for monetary rewards during the Guanyin Treasury-Opening Festival over the weekend. About 3,000 people queued outside the Guanyin Temple at Hunghom to wait for it to open at 11pm on Saturday.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Expert Advice

Q I went shopping for a Buddha head and saw a beautiful one that looked more like a woman. The dealer said it was a deity called 'Guanyin'. Is there such a thing?

WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS 'Guanyin is the Chinese name for Avalokitesvara, a bodhisattva,' says Roger Ng of MK-II Gallery, which specialises in Buddhist art.

28 Sep 2003 - 12:00am