Kuan Yin

Chinese - A Buddhist mother-goddess, goddess of mercy, the North Star, seamen, women and children. Daughter of Chong Wang. In one version Kuan Yin was a male derived from Avalokiteshvara; in another she was a mortal princess, Maio Shan, who strangled herself but was revivified by Buddha who put her on an island where she stayed for nine years before she became a deity. Some say that she died as a result of sacrificing her hands and her eyes to save the life of her father. Another story says that her father sentenced her to death when she refused to marry but, when the executioner brought down the sword, it broke, leaving her unharmed. He later had her smothered and she went to hell which was transformed by her presence into a paradise. This did not suit Yama, the ruler of that gloomy place, so he returned her to life. In some accounts, she was with Tripitaka when he brought the Buddhist culture to China and she released Sun Hou-tzu when Buddha imprisoned him in a mountain. She is depicted sometimes with many heads and arms, sometimes riding the mythical Hou, a form of lion. In some references, identified as Kuan Yin, Goddess of the Southern Sea, Goddess of the Southern Sea, Kuan-shih-yin, Kuan-shih-yin, Miao Shan, Miao Shan, Sung-tzu Kuan-yin, Sung-tzu Kuan-yin, Buddhist Avalokiteshvara, Buddhist Avalokiteshvara, Kwanjizai, Kwannon, Hindu Vishnu, Hindu Vishnu, Akshobhya, Ashuku, Avalokiteshvara, Upulvan, Wisnu, Japanese K(w)annon, Japanese K(w)annon, Sanskrit Padmapani, Sanskrit Padmapani, Taoist Tou Mu, Taoist Tou Mu, Tara, Tara, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Knowledge, Tarini, Arya-Tara, Bhrkuti-Tara, Dhanada, Ekajata, Janguli, Jayatara, Mahacinatara, Padmatara, Pandaravasini, Parnassavari, Prajna(paramita), Sitatara, Sukla-Tara, Syamatara, Vajratara, Vasya-Tara, Vidjyarajni, Chinese Kuan Yin, Tibetan Dolma, sGrol-ma, Blue Tara, Green Tara, Red Tara, Tara Amba or White Tara.

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